1. God our Father,
You have called us to be your Church.
As we prepare for a Diocesan Synod,
be with us in the power of your Spirit.
Open our ears to hear your word,
our eyes to see the needs of your people.
Help us to cast off our prejudice,
to face bravely the problems of our church.
Keep us united in constant prayer,
through Jesus Christ your Son,
and with Mary our Mother.
So that together in mission, a time to begin again,
we can build our church, your people,
to be a sign of your loving saving presence,
in our country and our Diocese.
2. We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.
Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength
to know your will,
to make it our own,
and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by your wisdom,
support us by your power,
for you are God,
sharing the glory of Father and Son.
You desire justice for all;
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favour.
Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.
As we gather in your name,
may we temper justice with love,
so that all our decisions
may be pleasing to you
and earn the reward,
promised to good and faithful servants.