Bishop Matt Gunter has issued a Call to Prayer for the Episcopal dioceses of Wisconsin during the Inauguration week. Episcopalians are encouraged to offer prayers daily using the prayers found on pages 820-824 in the Book of Common Prayer. These prayers include prayers for the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority, for Congress or a State Legislature, for Courts of Justice, for Sound Government, for Social Justice and In Times of Conflict. The call document also includes a prayer from the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer for Government Transition.
The call includes an announcement of an overnight prayer vigil held in the Cathedral of each Wisconsin diocese. From 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 19 to 12:00 Noon Wednesday, January 20. There will be a livestream the entire time, with prayers offered each hour on the hour from Christ Church Cathedral (Diocese of Eau Claire, episcopaldioceseofeauclaire.com), St. Paul’s Cathedral (Diocese of Fond du Lac, diofdl.org) and All Saints’ Cathedral (Diocese Milwaukee, diomil.org).
Bishop Gunter has been eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac since 2014. He was elected to serve as Bishop Provisional for the Diocese of Eau Claire the end of 2020 and is also currently serving the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Milwaukee as its Visiting Bishop. He notes that "in these distressing times, it is fitting for Christians to lift our voices together to God. It is also fitting for us to engage in ways small and large as we seek to bear witness to the way of Jesus which is the way of love and to play our part in the healing and restoration of what is broken."
Download the Call and Prayers here.
Bishop Matt Gunter is calling the people of the Diocese of Fond du Lac to pray for the election taking place November 3rd. A Season of Prayer resource offers a new prayer each day starting October 9th. To download this resource, as well as other voter education resources for people of faith, visit diofdl.org/votingresources.