Loving Creator, you call us together and you send us forth to be your witnesses in all places. We ask you now to lead us, accompany us, and direct us as we seek that person who is to be our next Bishop. Grant us perception, faithfulness and joy that we may hear your still small voice. And then, give us the courage to follow as you lead us along the way. In the name of Christ Jesus who is the shepherd and bishop of our souls. Amen.
As our diocese embarks on the search for our 12th Bishop, we are looking for someone to lead us in our third century of engaging the mission of God, who calls us always into what is yet to be. We hope the profile
will inspire you to assist our search for the 12th Bishop, either by considering whether you might be a candidate for our mutual discernment or encouraging someone to consider submitting an application.
Thank you for being a companion in this important endeavor through your participation and prayers.
Diocese of Ohio Bicentennial Prayer Book:
Published in 2017, these parish prayer offerings offer to God with a common voice the needs and aspirations of the church in the Diocese of Ohio.
The Bicentennial Prayer of the Diocese of Ohio:
O God, who offers us each morning a new beginning and in every moment the possibility of new and faithful life, we look to you with confident hope as we begin a new century as the Diocese of Ohio. We give thanks for our forebears, those courageously faithful women and men who, 200 years ago, established here the witness of the Episcopal Church as the first diocese organized beyond the thirteen colonies.
We pray that we might share both their humility and their fidelity as we approach the challenges of our own day, relying, as they did, not on ourselves but on the power of your spirit of holiness. Grant, most gracious God, that we might embrace, with their courage, the future that you dream for us, to the end that we may more fully become
the very body of Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.