Call to Prayer, Sunday 8 October 2023
Our LCANZ bishops are calling the people of the church to set aside Sunday 8 October 2023 for a churchwide day of prayer focusing on the unity of the church. This is a significant day as it is just a year from the 2024 Convention of General Synod.
At the in-person sessions of the 2021–23 Convention of General Synod, the General Church Board and College of Bishops were asked to consider possible ways forward in the decades-long ordination debate. The Way Forward project is working to develop a framework whereby the LCANZ could function as one church with two different practices of ordination. It is intended that this proposal will be brought to the 2024 Convention of General Synod, 4–7 October 2024.
There is a video message from LCANZ Bishop Paul Smith, which introduces your congregation to the important decision General Synod will make in October 2024, and calls our entire church to pray. Please show this video to your congregation on Sunday 1 October. If you do not have video capacity at your church, please read the script to your congregation. Both are available at this link: