Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (I Corinthians 3:16-17, New Living Translation)
Holy God, you are merciful and patient, but we do not know and worship you if we deny your righteous judgment.
Please help Bishops and other Episcopal Church leaders who see the church as property instead of people.
Deliver them from the rash actions that divide and disperse your people.
Save them from the vanity of "keeping buildings" while people are wandering away.
Help them recognize that reckless decisions tear your people apart and grieve the Holy Spirit.
Open their ears and hearts as they say the Creed: remind them that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Warn them that you will destroy those who destroy the gathered people, your true temple.
Restore them to sober judgment, and make them good shepherds who will receive the unfading crown of life.
We pray in the Name of Jesus, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.