Bishop Reflects, Urges Continued Prayer

Bishop Reflects, Urges Continued Prayer

previously released as the Bishop's October Aurora clergy message

Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace to you.

I asked for your prayers last month as I prepared to depart for Quito, and I thank you for them. The most recent meeting of the House of Bishops was, I believe, very productive. I am somewhat surprised to hear myself saying that, since I had thought that having all of us descend upon such a highly conflicted diocese might not be conducive to helping them find a healthful way forward-but in fact, it seems that it was. Our presence seems to have helped the Presiding Bishop make the intervention needed. Prayers are still in order - they have a long way to go - but it does appear that some positive change may now be possible.

It was good to be there also because it is so very easy to forget that much of the Episcopal Church is outside the U.S. and does not speak English. Actually meeting in Province IX and giving much of our agenda over to their concerns was an important part of that reorientation. And a trip to the border to meet with a few of the many thousands of refugees who have fled the chronic violence of Columbia for the relative safety of Ecuador, and with those who minister to them, was a very powerful experience - and a reminder that even a church in conflict can be actively engaged in the world in a way that helps save and transform lives. Please remember the work of these fellow Episcopalians in your prayers. (Click here to view a few photos from my time in Ecuador.)

(Remember also to make good use of the Pastoral Teaching that we issued at this meeting.)

I also asked you for your prayers last August, when I reported on the Archbishop of Canterbury's conference on Christians in the Holy Land. For whatever reason, not everyone seems to have noticed it, so I repeat: I ask that in every congregation the intercessions in the liturgy include prayers "for Christians in the Holy Land." I am asking that this particular wording be used, besides whatever else you might choose to say. I am counting on you to do it - and so are our brothers and sisters who have asked our prayers. (Since my initial report to you, the Presiding Bishop has issued a Pastoral Letter on Israeli-Palestinian issues. Please remember to make use of it as well.)

I look forward to seeing you at Convocations in the coming weeks, and at Convention soon thereafter.

God bless you,

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