Reconciliation

  Reconciliation   So if anyone is in Christ there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18   Using the language from this letter from Paul to the Christians in Corinth, the Prayer Book describes the good news of Christ’s work in the world as “establishing the new covenant of reconciliation” between God and humankind.…

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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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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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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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