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Prayers for the CNC

Date: 22 July 2014
Today is the second and final day of interviews for Guildford's new bishop. Whether you're at work, at home, running after your kids or wrestling with the vacuum, take a little time to pray for the Crown Nominations Commission as they prepare to appoint a new Bishop of Guildford.

The six Guildford representatives on the CNC: former deputy diocesan secretary at the Diocese of Guildford Mike Bishop, rector of Holy Trinty Guildford Canon Robert Cotton, vicar of Christ Church Woking Revd Peter Harwood, lay chair of Runnymede Deanery Keith Malcouronne, diocesan synod lay chair Anne Martin, and vicar of St John the Baptist Wonersh Revd Debbie Sellin, write:

"Thank you for your prayers for the Crown Nominations Commission and in particular for the six Guildford representatives.

"Our final gathering as a Commission will be on 22 July, when the last day of interviews will be taking place.

"We have greatly appreciated your support and have felt upheld by prayer throughout the whole process. The week of prayer at the Cathedral was of great significance and so we would ask again that you might lay aside time over the coming days for prayer.

"In particular we ask that you might pray for the following:

    "Pray for the candidates as they prepare for interview – that they are able to find time in their full schedules for good preparation.
    "Pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury as he chairs the panel.
    "Pray for positive interviews – for good questioning and discussions – and for open conversations as the panel deliberates.
    "Pray for God’s wisdom and discernment.
    "Pray for the future of Guildford Diocese, as we prepare to enter a new chapter.

"Thank you"

A prayer for the CNC

Heavenly Father,

Look with your mercy and favour upon your faithful people here in the diocese of Guildford. Bless and guide those responsible for the appointment of our new Bishop, someone of deep faith, soaked in the Scriptures and with a love for your people. We ask this in the knowledge that you have oversight of us all, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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