This post comes from a book called Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation through the Book of Common Prayer by David DeSilva.
First of all, I have to be honest that there’s something about the Anglican community that I find myself quite enamored with. I haven’t been able to pin it down, but there have been a few authors I’ve read and an experience with the Book of Common Prayer that have just made a mark. *
Here’s the prayer: (p.60)
Deliver me, Lord, from the way of sin and death.
Open my heart to your grace and truth.
Fill me with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
Keep me in the faith and communion of your holy church.
Teach me to love others in the power of the Spirit.
Send me into the world in witness to your love.
Bring me to the fullness of your peace and glory.
…Definitely tattoo-worthy status, if you’re into that kind of thing.
* (Granted, DeSilva grew up Episcopal and is now Methodist, yet his book is about the Anglican/Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.)