Special Message from the Bishop

Special Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ,

Many of us awoke this morning (Thursday, June 18, 2015) to the news of yet another senseless loss of life as a result of gun violence. I do not have enough information to comment on what has happened in Charleston, South Carolina, but at this sad moment I want to, once again, affirm my commitment to work to put an end to such tragedies, and to invite you to join me in this work.

Bishop Charles von Rosenberg of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina has asked that we join in solidarity with the people of that diocese at this time by praying the "Prayer of St. Francis." I ask you to join me in doing exactly that, adding also our own prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in finding the most effective ways to resist such manifest evil, and to be ministers of Christ’s reconciliation in our own communities.

I also ask that we join together in the ringing of our church bells at 12 o'clock midday on Friday, June 19th for 10 minutes in memory of the victims and perpetrator: one minute for each of the victims and one minute for the perpetrator.

Grace and peace,

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in the giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, p. 833)

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