Message from Archbishop Winston Halapua and Philip Richardson:
Over the weekend of 10-12 March two very important gatherings will be taking place for which we continue to ask your prayers. Don Tamihere will be ordained a Bishop in this Church and the Diocese of Wellington will gather to discern a person called to be a Bishop in this Church and to serve as Assistant Bishop of Wellington.
The following is the prayer we invited the Church to use at the time the election of Don Tamihere was announced. You may find it appropriate to offer this prayer to your parishes for use over this coming week. Please also hold Temukisa and their children before God in prayer asking every blessing be theirs through Jesus Christ our Lord.
He Inoi mō te Pīhopa Kōwhiri / A Prayer for the Bishop-elect
E Te Atua Kaha Rawa, Ora Tonu,
kua karangatia tātau i roto i tāu Tama
ki te whiwhinga tahitanga o tāu Hāahi puta noa i te ao:
whakarongo mai ki tō mātau inoi mō tāu hunga whakapono
meinga rātau, i roto i ā rātau mahi, hei tohu o tōu aroha
ā, homai ki tāu pononga a Don Tamihere,
ākuanei ka tū hei Pīhopa mō mātau,
te taonga o tōu atawhai;
ko Ihu Karaiti hoki tō mātau Ariki, tō mātau Kaiwhakaora. Āmine.
Almighty and eternal God,
you have called us through your Son
to be one with your Church around the world:
hear our prayer for your faithful people
that in their callings and ministry
they may be instruments of your love,
and give to your servant Don Tamihere,
who will soon be our Bishop,
the gift of your grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Mā te Atua koutou e ūhia ki te rau aroha, te rau manaaki, te rau mārie.
Bishop Justin Duckworth has offered the following prayer for the focus of the Diocese of Wellington and we invite the whole Church to join in this prayer of preparation as the Diocese of Wellington gather: Click here for Electoral College Prayer.
We know that as our Church gathers in Ruatoria and in the Diocese of Wellington, prayer will offered from one to the other.
Thanks be to God and to our good God be all Glory.
Archbishop Winston Halapua
Archbishop Philip Richardson