Following the retirement of Archbishop Winston Halapua, we are asked to share in this prayer as part of the discernment process for the appointment of the Bishop of Polynesia and Primate of Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia (please see here for more details)...

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: 
we thank you for giving us a courageous Archbishop, Winston Halapua,
to lead as Primate, in our Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, 
and as Bishop of Polynesia the many years he has served. 
We thank you for his wife, Revd Susan and family 
for their tireless support and contribution to his leadership.
Look graciously now on your Church, and send your Holy Spirit 
to guide the hearts and minds of the Electoral College of the Diocese of Polynesia, 
that we may receive a faithful Apostle who will lead us 
in proclaiming the Good News of Your Kingdom, 
teaching, nurturing and baptising new believers, 
responding to human needs by loving service, 
transforming unjust structures in the community, 
challenging violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation, 
and striving to safeguard the integrity of creation, 
sustain and renew the life of the earth 
with our brothers and sisters around the world.
We embrace with love and gratitude those who have agreed to be nominated. 
We pray for ‘Afa, Eseta, Fereimi, Gabriel, Henry, Orisi, Sereima, Sione, Te Kitohi, Tomu and their families.
May we continue to voyage together with our new leader in Christ 
and continue to care for your people and equip us for our ministries 
in the Diocese of Polynesia, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.