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The goal of the Search Committee is - with God’s help - to find three to five good candidates to stand for election as our next Bishop. To ensure a smooth transition, our next Bishop will begin their ministry among us as a Bishop Coadjutor. This means the new Bishop will serve along side Bishop Ed for a short period of time. When Bishop Ed retires on January 1, 2021, they will become the new Bishop of Oklahoma.
Following the screening of applicants, Bishop Candidates will be announced in October.
We ask you to please join us in holding our Diocese, the Nominations Committee and Standing Committee, and Bishop Ed and Debbie in your prayers:
A Prayer for a Bishop ElectionAlmighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (p. 818, BCP)
A Prayer for DiscernmentGracious God, you call each of us to ministries of love and service for your people: Guide each person who will help choose the next bishop for your flock in the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. Give the gift of discernment to the nominating committee and the standing committee, that they may wisely choose candidates who would fill the role of bishop with honor and grace. Awake in each person who may be called to apply to become our bishop a sense of true searching and humble submission to your will. Inspire every voter to enter the discernment process prayerfully and carefully, that our next bishop may lead this diocese to answer your call. We pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Bishop Ed and Debbie KoniecznyHoly Father, we give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Ed and Debbie in the Diocese of Oklahoma. For the love they have given our church, for the relationships we have built with them, and for the mission we have shared together, we offer our gratitude. As they enter a new season of life, fill them with your grace, that each new day may be holy and grace-filled, and that they may find that this transition brings them joy, peace, and fulfillment. All this we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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