Diocese of Portsmouth

Prayers for the vacancy-in-see process and the new Bishop of Portsmouth

Vacancy-in-see prayer, April 7: Canon Will Hughes, vicar, St Peter's, Petersfield, and acting Archdeacon of the Meon

Will puts the new appointment in historical context and prays for those charged with appointing the new Bishop of Portsmouth

Suggested Prayers

You may wish to include the following in the intercessions:

Give thanks for Bishop Christopher’s leadership and ministry among us.
Pray for God’s blessing on him, and Sally, in retirement.
Pray for pray for strength and wisdom for our archdeacons, diocesan secretary, and those who work alongside them in leading our diocese, in the responsibility they will carry during the vacancy.
Pray for the members of the Vacancy in See Committee and all involved in the appointment process. Pray that they will clearly articulate our diocesan values. Pray for grace and the guidance of the Holy Spirit and that God will call and equip the next Bishop of Portsmouth.
Pray for ourselves and all in our congregations, that we may seek to grown in depth, impact and number.

Any of the three prayers below may be used:

As we give thanks for the ministry and leadership of Bishop Christopher, we pray for the appointment of his successor:

Heavenly Father,
In your Son, Jesus Christ,
the whole Body of the Church is joined together as one
with Christ as the Head,
Be with us, by your Holy Spirit,
as we pray for the appointment of a new bishop.
Preserve our unity and guide all involved in the appointment process,
that with prayer and honest reflection,
they may discern your will
that your Kingdom may come,
in this diocese, and in the world
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father,
As we give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Christopher among us,
and await the appointment of our new Bishop,
we pray you will refresh and renew us
by your Holy Spirit.
Give wisdom and grace to our dean, archdeacons, diocesan secretary, and those who work alongside them.
Help us as we seek to live, pray and serve
so that your kingdom may come in our diocese and throughout the world.
Bless all those who are seeking to discern your will:
that with prayer and honest reflection,
they may know the mind of Christ,
and select the person of your choosing.
We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Heavenly Father, bless the work, worship and witness of the diocese of Portsmouth.
Support our dean, archdeacons and diocesan secretary as they lead us in this time of transition
and all who now seek vision and clarity for the next stage of our journey as a Diocese,
that in due time we may welcome the Bishop you have called to serve us in the future.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Vacancy-in-see prayers, March 31: students from Charter Academy, Portsmouth

Vacancy-in-see prayers, March 24: the Rev Jenny Gaffin, vicar, Hayling Island

Vacancy-in-see prayers, March 17: Canon Bob White, St Mary's Church, Fratton

Vacancy-in-see prayers, March 10: Canon Hugh Wright, vicar of St Catherine's and Holy Trinity, Ventnor, and Bonchurch

Vacancy-in-see prayers, March 3: the Ven Peter Sutton, Greatham, Hawkley, Empshott and Priors Dean:

Vacancy-in-see prayers, February 24: Emma Kerby, St Peter's, Bishop's Waltham

Vacancy-in-see prayers, February 17: Deb Henning-Vears, Clanfield and Catherington

Deb prays for our vacancy-in-see process to find a new Bishop of Portsmouth in the context of our Live | Pray | Serve vision:

Vacancy-in-see prayers, February 10: Canon Sarah McCarthy-Fry, Shanklin