Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Traditionally World Mission Sunday is celebrated on the last Sunday after Epiphany, this year we will celebrate it on February 23, 2020. (Watch this 1 minute video over on why it is important.)
On World Mission Sunday, Episcopalians are invited to focus on the global impact of the Baptismal Covenant’s call to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 305). It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the many ways in which The Episcopal Church participates in God’s mission around the world. On this day we acknowledge and celebrate the Anglican Communion and our place within it.
We also encourage you to use this prayer for mission in your prayers of the people or the collect for the mission of the church. To get involved in world mission activities or for more information, contact The Global Mission Commission of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
Prayer for Mission
O gracious and loving God, you work everywhere reconciling, loving, and healing your people and your creation. In your Son and through the power of your Holy Spirit, you invite each of us to join you in your work. We, young and old, lay and ordained, ask you to form us more and more in your image and likeness, through our prayer and worship of you and through the study of your scripture, that our eyes will be fully opened to your mission in the world. Then, God, into our communities, our nation, and the world, send us to serve with Christ, taking risks to give life and hope to all people and all of your creation. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Collect For the Mission of the Church
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the
earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those
who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people
everywhere may seek after you and find you, bring the nations
into your fold, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten
the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and forever. Amen.