Good afternoon everyone. Â My name is Steve Pankey, and Tuesday is my day to Â be the voice of Acts 8. Â It is always risky to post one’s own work on a group site like this, but since today is my day, I blogged with Acts 8 in mind. Â Particularly, I was interested in the passage from Joshua appointed for this Sunday and the growing interest in praying for the Church. Â Here’s an excerpt:
“As the deadline for application to the Task Force for Restructuring the Church nears (applyÂ here), I canâ€™t help but wonder, â€œWhich god will this Task Force serve?â€ Â It is my hope that they will choose the path of Joshua and serve the LORD, but I also know that they will need help getting there.
That is where the rest of us come in. Â If we will choose to serve the Lord, then we will also choose to pray for our leaders. Â Pray that they might make wise choices. Â Pray that they might look to the Scriptures for direction. Â Pray that they would be cloaked in prayer. Â And pray that they might â€œput away the gods that theirÂ ancestorsÂ served.â€ Â In the coming weeks,Â Frank LogueÂ and I will be developing anÂ Acts 8Â prayer cycle that will certainly include the membership of the Task Force. Â If you have specific requests for that prayer chain: local Acts 8 groups, Diocesan restructuring work, persons of influence, etc. please donâ€™tÂ hesitateÂ toÂ pass them along.”
The tagline for this website is “Praying for and reimagining The Episcopal Church,” and before we can do the latter, the former is absolutely a requirement. Â I hope you will join with me in praying for The Church.
“Gracious Father, we pray for they holy Catholic Church. Fill it
with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt,
purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is
amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in
want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake
of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior.Â Amen.” (BCPÂ p. 816)