Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop calls for prayer for Iraq
Sunday, August 17
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has urged Episcopalians to observe Sunday, August 17, as a day of prayer for those in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East living in fear of their lives, livelihoods, and ways of living and believing
Her call for prayer is in response to violence in Iraq that has included the slaying of Christians, Yazidis, and other Iraqi religious minorities; the destruction and looting of churches, homes, and places of business; and the displacement of thousands under the threat of death.
“Pray that all God’s children might live in hope of the world of peace for which we were created,” she said.
The following collect, which may be used as part of the Prayers of the People or elsewhere in the liturgy, appears on page 815 of the Book of Common Prayer:
in whose perfect kingdom
no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness,
no strength known but the strength of love:
So mightily spread abroad your Spirit,
That all peoples may be gathered
under the banner of the Prince of Peace,
as children of one Father;
to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Bishop Paul Lambert has appointed Rene Somodevilla to serve as interim canon to the ordinary for the Diocese of Dallas.
"Canon Rene comes to us with many years of pastoral care experience both as a parish priest and as a canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of West Tennessee," Bishop Lambert said. "He is also a son of the Dallas diocese having served 12 years as rector at St. Barnabas in Garland. Canon Rene also served with me as well on the nominating committee for the 6th bishop of Dallas."
Canon Somodevilla said he looks forward to helping with clergy development, clergy deployment, clergy wellness, the process for ordination and any other task assigned by the bishop.
"I will work with the Commission on Ministry as it continues its work, guide those who feel they have the calling and help to make the best use of their gifts as possible," he said.
Canon Somodevilla said he will also work with the bishop to develop clergy growth by organizing conferences and retreats.
"I pray the clergy will welcome him and draw upon his skills and expertise during this time," Bishop Lambert said.
The Executive Council and Standing Committee appointed the following members to the Bishop Search Committee. Additional communications about the search effort will be released once the committee gets organized.
Bill Cavanaugh -- Epiphany, Richardson
David Faulkner -- St. James, Texarkana
Amy Heller -- ESD/Transfiguration
Ed Monk -- St. John’s, Corsicana
Jerry Morriss -- St. James, Kemp
Tony Munoz -- St. Matthew’s, Dallas
Betsy Randall -- Epiphany, Richardson
Craig Reed -- St. Andrews, Farmer’s Branch
Phil Snyder -- Trinity, Dallas
Greg Pickens -- St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas
Chris Ayers -- Transfiguration
Kalita Beck-Blessing -- St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas
Gary Brown -- Incarnation, Dallas
Stuart Bush -- Incarnation, Dallas
Robert Hulsey -- St. Andrews, McKinney
Jolayne Lacour -- St. David of Wales, Denton
Bill McGannon -- St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas
Jim Riggert -- St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas
Matt Stroud -- St. Nicholas, Flower Mound
Lee Spence -- St. Dunstan’s, Mineola
Father Bob Johnston was designated by the Standing Committee to serve as Chairman of the Committee.