28 August 2022
28 August 2022
Growing in Grace
“Mission is not an agenda to be tackled [by clergy and missionaries] to ‘do it for the rest of us’.
Mission is the mode of existence for the whole life of every member of the whole church”.
Five Marks of Mission developed by the Anglican Communion are:
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
The Partnership in Mission Committee of the Diocese of Perth invites you to celebrate MISSION
including our partnership with the Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya and our growing relationship
with the Diocese of Lomega, South Sudan (Bishop Onesimo) on Sunday 28 August.
Prayers from Eldoret and here are provided for use on the day.
Mission Sunday prayers
Prayer from Perth Partnership in Mission Committee
As we grow in grace together with our mission partners in Eldoret and Lomega,
please bless us with wisdom and generosity.
The wisdom to truly value and each other’s contributions,
The wisdom to understand and overcome the barriers our cultural differences can
present and the wisdom to know that you Lord are the strength in our relationship.
Allow us to be generous in our thoughts, conversations and giving.
Help us to clearly see the development of our partnership,
generously giving the time required for it to develop and grow.
Help us to truly know, friendships grow with time,
love and within the spirit of generosity.
Prayer from Eldoret
Almighty God, Gracious and merciful, your love for us is incomparable,
your wisdom is unsearchable, and your ways are a true mystery.
Your loving kindness to humanity led you to send your only Son Jesus Christ
to bring good news of salvation and guarantee us eternal life.
We glorify your name and give thanks to you God for the partnership
between Perth and Eldoret Dioceses.
Through the partnership you are extending the mission work.
We pray, O God, that you pour your blessings to your servants
and the leadership in our two Dioceses
guiding them to continue working towards accomplishing the command of
"Making all nations be the disciples of Jesus Christ".
Stir up the talents in your people in our two Dioceses so that through the partnership
we can minister to humanity and be the light of the world.
Just as you sent out the twelve disciples and later the seventy two,
we too realize that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Lord we beseech you to renew our zeal to evangelize and lead many to salvation.
May our hearts thirst for new avenues of outreach within our Dioceses and beyond
and may every step we take be revealed, inspired, and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Some resources which may be helpful for a Mission Sunday worship on Sunday 28 August 2022.
Prayers are taken from: The Mothers’ Union Prayer Diary 2022
God of mission, who guides us to bring growth to your church, send your Holy Spirit to give wisdom to our actions, and power to our witness as we serve your people wherever you have placed us in your world.
We ask you, Lord, to open our eyes, minds and hearts to see the path forward. Help us to reach out with new vision to encompass the diversity of needs that we encounter in our complex world.
Father, we place our future in your hands. Guide our vision, as we look to the future, helping to build a world where all your people can live with safety, joy and fulfilment.
Lord God, your Son Jesus Christ appointed the apostles to do your work on earth, and they appointed others in their turn. Help us now Lord, to follow them and, through our mission to others, bring the love of God to all in need.
We remember those women who struggle with inequality and injustice: we pray that their voices may be heard. We give thanks for those who support them and give them hope of a better future through education and community development programmes.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and remember I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:79-20
Jesus sends us out into the world, invites us to trust him, to be ready to engage with and respond to those around us. Lord, send us all out learning, praying, serving - use us all in your great mission of love.
Lord, give us the insight to look into your world, the vision to see where there is need and the courage to go and serve your people. May we always take with us the good news of your love and peace.
From the Parish of Warnbro reflecting the Eldoret Link Parish relationship
Loving God, we thank you for all your blessings to us.
We especially thank you at this time for the partner relationship that we have between Eldoret and Perth Diocese.
We thank you for the richness of the sharing that we have between our two dioceses.
We pray for a deepening and strengthening of that relationship through prayer and understanding.
We thank you for the many things we share in our Anglican identity;
the love of God as our creator;
the love of Christ as our redeemer;
and the love of the Holy Spirit as our sustainer.
We acknowledge the differences of culture and experience between our two dioceses, and yet we are both part of God’s Church for God’s World, walking, listening and witnessing together.
May we continue to deepen our walking, listening and witnessing together as we continue our journey, separated by distance but joined together through the power of the Holy Spirit.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
179 TIS Praise with joy the world’s creator
459 TIS In Christ there is no east or west
427 TIS Lord, your word abiding
666 TIS We are marching in the light of God
130 TIS We plough the field and scatter the good seed on the ground