Sent as a Community to do God's Will

The Final Words “Send us now into the world in peace,and grant us strength and courageto love and serve youwith gladness and singleness of heart;through Christ our Lord.”Amen These 30 words from the first of the post-communion prayers sum up the Prayer Books theology about what God desires of us as Christian community, a community of thankful responsibility to Christ. And it bugs me from time to time that we/I seem to think so little of this prayer that we let ourselves be distracted by other …

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Bishop Skirving's Letter Regarding Our COVID-19 Journey

  The Episcopal Diocese of East CarolinaThe Right Reverend Robert S. Skirving, BishopJune 29, 2020 “So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us,since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us.Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up,and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter.”Hebrews 12:1-2a (Common English Bible) Dear Friends in Christ, On Wednesday, May 13 a document titled “The Next Steps of our Easter Journey” w…

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Prayer for Racial Justice

Prayers For Racial Justice "How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest my enemies say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me to rejoice when I am moved. But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation." Psalm 13   Almighty God, our Creator, the Everlasting God, the Source of Life, Light, Goodness, and Truth in this universe, we turn our hearts and minds tow…

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COVID Ordinary Time

COVID Ordinary Time “And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all.”Eucharistic Prayer D, BCP 374 These last couple of weeks I’ve been pondering, perhaps more than usual, the role of the Holy Spirit in ‘our lives at home’ during COVID-19, in receiving God’s good gifts to us, and in returning our gift…

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Together

“Together” Who could have known that when I wrote my first column on Justice several newsletters ago, that we, as a country, would be in the streets as we are again, today. Heck, we didn’t think that as Interim Rector and congregation, we’d be worshipping ‘on-line’ much less confronting the challenges of living with the COVID pandemic. And yet, here we are, together. So this morning, I wanted to share with you a bit of how Wayne and I are preparing for conversation with each other, our familie…

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Bishop Curry's Word to the Church

May 30, 2020A word to the Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: “Our long-term commitment to racial justice and reconciliation is embedded in our identity as baptized followers of Jesus. We will still be doing it when the news cameras are long gone.”In the midst of COVID-19 and the pressure cooker of a society in turmoil, a Minnesota man named George Floyd was brutally killed. His basic human dignity was stripped by someone charged to protect our common humanity. Perhaps the deeper pain i…

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