This year, after serving two (6) year terms, Bishop Jessica Crist will be retiring. We are so thankful for her faithful service to God’s church! The synod assembly meetings from May 31 – June 2 this year in Great Falls to elect a new bishop. You can find out more about that process here: Montana Synod Assembly 2019
And you can find a quick version of the voting procedure here: Bishop Election Information.
What are prayers that I can say during this process?
The following petitions are offered by the synod as prayers that may be recited:
Gracious Father, we pray for your holy catholic church. Fill it with all truth and peace.
Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss,
reform it; where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it; where it is
divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Almighty God, grant to your church your Holy Spirit and the wisdom which comes down
from heaven, that your word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to
the joy and edifying of Christ’s holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve you and
in the confession of your name abide to the end; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and
Most high and holy God, pour out upon us your one and unifying Spirit, and awaken in
every confession of the whole church a holy hunger and thirst for unity in you; through
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Enlightenment of the Holy Spirit
God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Grant us, we pray, to be grounded and
settled in your truth by the coming of the Holy Spirit into our hearts. That which we
know not, reveal; that which is wanting in us, fill up; that which we know, confirm; and
keep us blameless in your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O God, through water and the Holy Spirit you give us new birth, cleanse us from sin, and
raise us to eternal life. Stir up in your people the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of
wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and
the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.
Those discerning a call
Almighty God, by the power of the Spirit you have knit your servants into the one body
of your Son, Jesus Christ. Look with favor upon them as they discern a new call in
Christ’s name. Give them courage, patience, and vision; and strengthen us all in our
Christian vocation of witness to the world and of service to others; through Jesus Christ
Almighty God, giver of all good gifts, look on your church with grace and guide the
minds of those who shall choose the bishop of this synod (name), that we may receive a
faithful servant who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through
Jesus Christ our Lord
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by
paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good
courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love
supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.