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Welcoming Bishop Michael Smith

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

     Greetings in our risen Lord.  I want to take this opportunity to welcome Bishop Michael Smith who will be visiting us as an assisting bishop this spring.  He will be confirming on Sundays until Trinity Sunday, as well as meeting with congregations for encouragement and Bible study. Michael has served in Minnesota and Oklahoma before going to North Dakota, and is a member of the Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma.  He has served as an assisting bishop in Louisiana.  I know you will be as impressed as I am with how personable, thoughtful, and faithful a person he is.  He ministers in the midst of great social need in a diocese with many native people; he knows a great deal about rural ministry, among other things.  He has a deep commitment to building up lay ministry and encouraging evangelism for all congregations.  He is also the chair of the Communion Partner bishops in our Church, and so has a deep commitment to our place in the Communion. He and his wife Lisa White Smith have three grown children. It is with pleasure and gratitude that I welcome him, and I am sure you will welcome him warmly as well.

Peace,

+GRS

Christmas Letter From Bishop Sumner

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in Christ our incarnate Lord. What does the truth of the Gospel mean? It means, as a prime example, that what we hear this Christmas about the events of the nativity is real and historical, and that what they mean about who Jesus is can be trusted (though its full meaning is deeper than we can fathom). But the Word of God is so true that it can be so simultaneously and at several levels. It has a plenitude of meaning and truth. 

So this Christmas let us think about God's power to make real in each of us what we hear about Bethlehem and Nazareth long ago. In hearing this news, He is born and grows to maturity in our souls as well - so the early Fathers of the Church taught. The Word, true in the world, is also true “pro nobis,” for us. This does not domesticate Him, any more than being a baby, but makes His Lordship even greater.

May the coming year, whatever it brings in the world and in your life, be just such a birth in you, spiritually and anew.

Peace

+GRS

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