Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Joy in Christ, as a way of life

Now Accepting Original Prayers for General Convention

Submit an original prayer for the 2018 Pocket Book of Prayers

The Board and Staff of the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Churches is inviting submission of original prayers from each diocese to be used in a Pocket Book of Prayers to be available at the 2018 General Convention. The prayers selected for publication will be used throughout the world.


Who can submit a prayer? 
Anyone – Parishioner, Parish, Sunday School, Youth Group, Prayer Group, Bible Study Group, Clergy, etc.

What should the prayers be about?  
Gratitude, Guidance, Fear/Danger, Forgiveness, Healing, Loneliness, Crisis/Dealing with Disappointment, Love of God or Other

What format should the prayers be in?
Any format is fine: Collect, Litany, Free Form, Poem or Prose (and in any language)


Please submit a prayer by June 30

Click here to find out more or to submit a prayer

Please only submit one prayer per form and be sure to title your prayer!


A reminder...

Is it time to hold a UTO Ingathering at your parish? The traditional "in-gatherings" are the Sunday after Ascension Day (May 30, 2017) and the Sunday after All Saints’ Day (Nov. 5, 2017).  Even if you missed the first one, there's no wrong time to be thankful for daily blessings!


Why do we give United Thank Offerings?

• UTO stresses daily thankfulness for our blessings.
• In the past ten years, $203,508 in grant funds has come back into our Diocese.
• The more our parishes help grow UTO, the more funds are available for mission world-wide.  
• This year, we are hopeful for the success of two additional grant applications – one from the South Wedge Mission and the second a partnership grant with the Diocese of Costa Rica.

For additional information and resources, visit the UTO website.

We do indeed have much to be grateful for.  Hold an Ingathering and offer a prayer to celebrate our many blessings!  As always, please let me know if I can be of help in any way.



Susan Woodhouse
Diocesan Coordinator for UTO
585-506-8655 (c)