Pray Without Ceasing

praywithoutceasingThere will be hundreds of resolutions that will come to this General Convention. Some these resolutions will be good resolutions and conversations for GC to have. Others, not so much. There are lots of “puppies and chocolate” resolutions. Then there are some resolutions that speak to – what I think – are the problems of are Church.

As a Church, we are first and foremost a worshiping body. We are called to live out our Baptismal Covenant. We are to pray without ceasing, and reach the Gospel at all times. There is a resolution coming out of Committee 17 – Stewardship and Development titled A089 – Holy Habits and Renewal of Baptismal Vows.

The resolution reads as follows:

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 77th General Convention encourage that in the great fifty days of Easter the people of The Episcopal Church make a commitment to practice the holy habits of weekly worship, prayer, scripture study, tithing, and honing the Sabbath as part of the renewal of baptismal vows; and be it further
Resolved, That the Office of Stewardship, The Episcopal Network for Stewardship, and the Standing Commission on Music and Liturgy develop a readily available liturgical resource that prayerfully invites Episcopalians to embrace the practice of holy habits to nourish and strengthen their vows in living out their baptismal covenant.

This is ridiculous. We should not need to be reminded by a General Convention resolution to pray during Eastertide – we shouldn’t need a reminder to prayer period. What makes us different from country clubs and other social organizations is that we prayer.

Forget the fact that we don’t need the SCLM to take on more work – we have perfectly usable resources in our Prayer Book and by organizations such as Forward Movement.

We are called to continue in the apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of the bread, and in the prayers.

Lets us remember to pray without ceasing always, in Advent, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time and every other season of the year.

Please pray for the Church that we may remember our true calling – to live into the Gospel, and continually praise our Lord and Savior.

UPDATE – Resolution A089 fails


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2 responses to “Pray Without Ceasing

  1. Susan Wrathall

    Well said. How much time and money did this particular resolution cost the church?

    • Here at Convention it took time to hear and debate and come to the floor. So a decent amount of time – particularly when time is so short. Cost wise, I’m not sure. We’ve certainly saved money by not charging the SCLM with creating more resources.

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