Diocesan Prayer for Bishop Philip
Generous God, we thank you for leading Philip to be bishop of our diocese
and for all who answer the call to be your church in Cornwall.
May Philip and Ruth, and all who love them, find this new ministry a blessing.
Together may we witness to friendships that reach our beyond our differences and reveal the love of God to all.
We pray that as Bishop Philip responds to your call and we welcome him to his new ministry
you will strengthen him by your Spirit to lead us in showing God’s welcome to all.
As he finds his way around the diocese, strengthen him to guide us in truth and peace.
As he learns about the ways of the diocese, help him to teach us the ways of Christ in our world today.
As he embraces the challenges and privileges of his role,
may he encourage us all into greater generosity and service.
As he learns the shape of the diocese, inspire him to share with us how his faith has shaped his life.
As he treds in the footsteps of the missionary saints,
enable him to inspire our shared ministry of outreach and mission.
Make Bishop Philip a shepherd to the people you have entrusted to him,
ready to defend the weak, to work for justice, to care and to love
as extravagantly and recklessly as you did in giving your Son who was born, lived and died among us
that we may know life in all its resurrected glory. Amen.