[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] There are many avenues for prayer for the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, for those attending the event as well as those following remotely.
General Convention 2015 will be held June 25 – July 3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah).
The daily Eucharists at General Convention will feature presiders and preachers from throughout the church. All Eucharists will be livestreamed on the Media Hub here.
Important note for those attending General Convention: Worship bulletins will not be available in print form at General Convention 2015. The worship bulletins are available as pdf documents on the virtual binder iPads, or one may download or print the pdf versions of the bulletins, available here or in the General Convention Guidebook Guide which can be downloaded here.
For those not attending General Convention, daily worship bulletins are available here.
Eucharist will be celebrated daily at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, except Sunday, June 28 at 10 a.m. MDT and Friday, July 3 at 8:30 a.m. MDT.
Thursday, June 25: Opening Eucharist
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside and preach.
Friday, June 26: Presider: Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool of Los Angeles; Preacher: the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies
Sunday, June 28: United Thank Offering Ingathering. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside and preach.
Friday, July 3: Closing Eucharist. Presider: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; Preacher: the Presiding Bishop-Elect
In addition, SSJE set up the hashtag #PrayersOf, which invites people from General Convention and beyond to submit Prayers of the People on a different theme each day: life, thanksgiving, praise, intercession, adoration, oblation, penitence, petition, and celebration. Words or images can be submitted via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and are tagged with #PrayersOf and the day’s theme.
“The hashtag #PrayersOf allows us all to join in prayer, to know what is on each of our hearts and offer that to God and one another,” said Brother Geoffrey Tristram, Superior of SSJE, an Episcopal monastic community in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
SSJE will also offer daily morning and evening meditation podcasts, each eight- to – ten-minutes, with a prayer, a brief reflection, and a chant.
The prayer wall on the website of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society continues to invite the posting of prayer requests. And, during General Convention 2015, The Episcopal Community will be praying for all of the prayer requests posted on the Prayer Wall.
The Episcopal Community an organization of Episcopal women who adhere to a Rule of Life and who pray in community to support the church and the world.
Prayers can be submitted here.
The Episcopal Church’s General Convention is held every three years, and is the bicameral governing body of the Church. It comprises the House of Bishops, with upwards of 200 active and retired bishops, and the House of Deputies, with clergy and lay deputies elected from the 108 dioceses and three regional areas of the Church, at more than 800 members.