Today from our church family we pray for Beata Bickersteth.
Today we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the first ordination of women as priests within the Church of England. Since that day in 1994, around four thousand women have been ordained, and in the last three years, they have outnumbered men. We give thanks for the ministry of women in the Church, and for the many diverse gifts they bring to your service. We pray for the ongoing discussions about the ordination of women as bishops in the Church of England, and ask that you will bring a spirit of unity and mutual respect and understanding between those of differing positions. May your will be done. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.