Category Archives: Spirituality

Spirituality is about the way we develop practices such as prayer, reflection, and spiritual direction to help us listen to God and recognize how God is at work in our lives.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer keeps us connected with our wider community, both within the diocese and our partner diocese of Brasilia, as well as with the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which we are a part. We encourage you to use these resources in daily prayer and weekly worship. Please contact the diocesan office with any questions you may have.

For the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, click here.

Resources2016-2017 Cycle of PrayerDownload

Weekly Remembrances

As a part of the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, be sure to include in your weekly remembrances the people and Bishops of our companion dioceses:  The Most. Rev. Mauricio Andrade, Bishop of Brasilia, and the people and Diocese of Haiti and St. Andre’s in Mithon.

Prayer Resources

Prayer for the Wall around Bethlehem and all other barriers to come down.

Almighty God, Creator of the wonderful complex diversity of humanity; you have fashioned us in your image and commanded us to love one another; reach down your divine hand so that the wall shall come down in Bethlehem, the birthplace of your Son, the Prince of Peace; and may the crumbling walls herald the fall of all barriers that divide us. Bind us together so that love gives rise to an abundance of tenderness among all people; and may our hearts like Mary’s magnify the Lord, and may your love shower down throughout the world so all divisions are scattered and washed away. We ask this all with the expectant hearts through Christ Jesus, our Lord. Amen

Prison Ministry Sunday

Lord Christ, you said “I was in prison and you visited me…truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Help us to minister to God’s children behind bars, those returning to the community, and their families and victims knowing that you alone can change hearts and transform lives, and that together we might impact the world for good, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Episcopal Relief & Development

Almighty God, give to Episcopal Relief & Development the vision of Jesus whose compassion failed not, that following His example we may bring healing to this hurting world.

Grant that we may know who we must be as the arms and legs of Christ in the world today, so that we shall do what we are called to do in responding and making available resources of money, skills, and persons to alleviate poverty, famine, and disaster.

We thank you for the many generous souls who give of their abundance and pray that many others may join them in responding to the needs, hopes, and concerns of the world through Episcopal Relief & Development.

Set us at tasks to risk the Gospel in all places where you lead us, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen

Episcopal Fund for Human Need

Lord Jesus, you said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” We began the Episcopal Fund for Human Need to help those who fall through the cracks of human needs agencies throughout the Diocese of Indianapolis. Help us to be generous to serve as a lifeline to those who are hungry, homeless or poorly housed, without transportation, or ill and in need of assistance in Central and Southern Indiana that we might serve as a safety net and shine brightly that other may know you as the light of Christ in their lives as you are in ours, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

United Thank Offering

Heavenly Father, source of all creation, all love, all true joy; accept we pray these outward signs of our profound and continuing thankfulness for all of life. Bless those who will benefit from these gifts through the outreach of the United Thank Offering and keep each of us ever thankful for all the blessings of joy and challenge that come our way; through Him who is the greatest gift and blessing of all, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

God of peace, in mystery and silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty. We pray for women, men, teens and children who live in fear of violence. For them, home is not a place of peace and love; it is a place of danger and pain. Give them strength to endure in the midst of powerlessness and confusion. And give us courage to confront abusers, whether in our community, family, or ourselves. We ask this in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for remainder of the church year 2016-17

(Updated 8-31-17)


September 2017


3 Proper 17

St. Paul’s, Richmond

Mr. George Eastman, Senior Warden, The Rev’d Barry Cramer, Deacon


10 Proper 18

St. John’s, Speedway

The Rev’d Mary Bargiel, The Rev’d Fatima Yakubu-Madus, Deacon


17 Proper 19

St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis

The Rev’d Frank Impicciche


24 Proper 20

St. Michael’s, Noblesville 

The Rev’d Lee Schaefer


October 2017 – Domestic Violence Awareness Month

God of peace, in mystery and silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty.  We pray for women, men, teens, and children who live in fear of violence.  For them, home is not a place of peace and love; it is a place of danger and pain.  Give them strength to endure in the midst of powerlessness and confusion.  And give us courage to confront abusers, whether in our community, family, or ourselves.  We ask this in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


1 Proper 21

St. Francis-in-the-Fields, Zionsville

The Rev’d C. Davies Reed

The Rev’d Whitney Rice


8 Proper 22

St. Luke’s, Shelbyville, Ms. Sherrie Wood, Senior Warden & 
St. Thomas, Franklin, Ms. Robin Kares, Senior Warden


15 Proper 23

St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute

The Rev’d Andrew Downs, The Rev’d Deby Veach, Deacon


22 Proper 24

The Bishop and staff of the Diocese of Indianapolis:  The Rt. Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, The Rev’d Canon Bruce Gray, The Rev’d Canon Debra Kissinger, Canon Marsha Gebuhr, Ms. Sally Cassidy, Ms. Kim Christopher, Ms. Kathy Copas, Ms. Victoria Hoppes, Mr. John Oaks 


29 Proper 25 – United Thank Offering Sunday

All Saints, Indianapolis

The Rev’d Suzanne Wille, The Rev’d Brantley Alexander, Deacon,


November 2017


5 Proper 26 

All Retired Clergy and Non-Stipendiary Associates


12 Proper 27

Shared Ministry of St. John’s, Washington and St. James, Vincennes

The Rev’d Dennis Latta, The Rev’d Mary Becker, Deacon


19 Proper 28

Grace Church, Muncie

Ms. Barbara Wills, Senior Warden           

 


26 Proper 29

Clergy and students of diocesan campus ministries:  The Rev’d Robert Abner, Episcopal & Lutheran Campus Ministries at Ball State University; The Rev’d Dr. Charles Allen, Grace Unlimited at Butler and IUPUI; The Rev’d Peter Bunder, Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Purdue University; The Rev’d Dr. Linda Johnson, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Indiana University; The Rev’d Sharon Smith, United Campus Ministries, Terre Haute (serving Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College); and the campus ministries of DePauw University, Hanover College, Wabash College, and the University of Southern Indiana.


United Thank Offering  (Sunday before Ascension & closest to All Saints)

Heavenly Father, source of all creation, all love, all true joy; accept we pray these outward signs of our profound and continuing thankfulness for all of life. Bless those who will benefit from these gifts through the outreach of the United Thank Offering and keep each of us ever thankful for all the blessings of joy and challenge that come our way; through Him who is the greatest gift and blessing of all, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen

Community of the Gospel

community of the gospel

The Community of the Gospel is a non-residential, dispersed Christian Community formed under the Canons of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the Anglican Communion, whose members apply basic monastic principles to everyday living. It is nationally recognized as a Christian Community in the Episcopal Church by the House of Bishops’ Committee on Religious Communities.

The Community is open to any person over the age of 21, single or partnered, who is a communicant member of the Episcopal Church or other Christian denomination. Members live and work in various parts of the country and come together for convocation twice a year. Full members of the Community may take a religious name, use the title “Brother” or “Sister,” and have voting rights on issues affecting the general welfare of the Community.

The Community of the Gospel was founded in March 2007 by Daniel-Joseph Schroeder, who is the current Guardian (superior). Guardians serve a term of four years and are elected by the full members of the Community. Chilton R. Knudsen, eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine (retired), is the Episcopal Visitor. Knudsen was preceded in that role by Russell Jacobus, seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac. Tyrone Fowlkes is the Community’s Chaplain.

The Community’s mother house is located in the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac in Appleton, Wisconsin.

[From Wikipedia, accessed 07/11/2015]

Official Web Site: www.communityofthegospel.org

Walking the Labyrinth

labyrinth2Walking the labyrinth is a growing spiritual practice. Many persons in the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis embrace this practice via special conferences, labyrinth creation on their own church grounds, or visiting already-established labyrinths.

Contact: John Ridder

Daily Prayer for All Seasons

Daily Prayer for All Seasons is now available for free download on the website of The Episcopal Church.

Developed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and authorized by the 77th General Convention in 2012 (Resolution A055), the prayers in Daily Prayer for All Seasons are presented according to liturgical season beginning with Advent and progressing through Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. In addition, two sections are offered for Ordinary Time: Creation and Rest.

In each, all prayers are grouped according to eight particular themes: praise, discernment, wisdom, perseverance and renewal, love, forgiveness, trust, and watch.

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Could Anglican Prayer Beads Be an Effective Spiritual Practice for You?

Anglican Prayer BeadsAnglican Prayer Beads: A Rosary for Episcopalians

Anglican Prayer Beads, also known as the Anglican Rosary, is a relatively new prayer form that is a blending of the Marian (Roman Catholic) Rosary and the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope. Since the earliest of times, people have used pebbles or a string of knots or beads on a cord to keep track of prayers offered to God.

Some form of a rosary, or prayer beads, has been found in virtually every major religious tradition in the world. The Anglican form of this rosary style prayer method came out of a contemplative prayer group that met in the mid 1980’s and was created by an Episcopal priest. Comprised of 33 beads, the number of years Our Lord walked this earth, it is well grounded in Incarnational theology and the symbolism contained in it points towards the Celtic view of the sanctity of all of God’s creation.

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