We often put effort into bringing renowned theologians into the diocese. It is, therefore, worthwhile to note such gifted people under our noses. I have been reading Billy Abraham, professor of theology and evangelism at Perkins, SMU, and his Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation. I was familiar with his Logic of Evangelism, whose emphasis on the relation to witness to catechetical formation in the early Church is congenial to our thinking.
The great St. Catherine of Siena is believed to have said, “The path to heaven lies through heaven, and all the way to heaven is heaven, for Christ himself is the way.” The Christian knows that Christ is seated at the right hand of God the Father, in Heaven, and that beginning with salvation, continuing in grace, growing in holiness, our goal is to be there with him always. He also knows, that Christ has promised to be with him and all believers “always, even unto the end of the world.” (St. Matthew 28:20) So then it is no surprise that if he is with us always, even now, and yet he is also reigning in heaven, then where he is there Heaven must also be.
“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
For many years, St James on the Lake, Kemp, has followed Christ’s call in Matthew 25:34-40 with its involvement of prison ministry at the George Beto Unit, a 3,500-bed, maximum security prison in Anderson County, where parishioners volunteer in the faith-based wings of the institution, and also with an intense four-day program of Christian teachings, called Kairos.
Bishop George Sumner has appointed the Rev. Michael Gilton, vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Prosper, as the Canon to the Ordinary, effective April 1. “Michael brings executive experience, knowledge of church planting, a knowledge of the diocese, and a pastor’s heart,” Sumner said.
During the meeting, council members “focused greatly on fleshing out how we as a churchwide community will engage the work of evangelism and racial reconciliation,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said during a post-meeting news conference, adding that council joyfully embraced that work.
We are excited to celebrate Easter with our refugee members this year again. We will celebrate the March 26 event under the theme of "New Life from Death" as we share a powerful message of hope with our refugees. I welcome you to join us in building and strengthening relationships through the fellowship of food, music, games, a family Easter egg hunt and other activities -- a holiday display of the abundance of God's resources and provisions. Please help us and by supporting the event as we share the message of hope and new life with our refugees.
Please join us for an Episcopal revival, with our own Bishop Suffragan, Paul Lambert, scheduled for 5 p.m., May 7 at St. Paul's, in the heart of the diocese, 8320 Jack Finney Blvd, Greenville, Texas. This is a diocesan-wide family event to renew body, mind and soul.
Please join us for the Annual Warden's/Vestry Conference scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 12, at St. Matthew's Cathedral. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. This is for all wardens and vestry members who want to learn more about the work of vestries. Many congregations have learned the wisdom of bringing the whole vestry as a team. Clergy are also encouraged to attend.
Join us from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 11 for the Episcopal Diocese's Sharing Our Faith Conference at Church of the Incarnation. Speakers include England's popular evangelist, J. John who will be speaking about "Natural Evangelism." J. John is an internationally renown speaker and author, and will soon embark on a large-stadium tour where he will share the Gospel throughout England, which has not been done since Billy Graham toured in the 1980's.
Lent is upon us. It is a time for reflection, self-examination, penitence and hope. Many of us have committed to giving up something during these holy forty days such as chocolate, alcohol, or other common enjoyable habits. But have we considered taking on something…the act of giving? The Presiding Bishop in his Lenten address called for focus and participation…participation “in the movement of God’s love in the world by following in the footsteps of Jesus”. Participation means not just giving up something but perhaps making a renewed commitment to actively showing God’s love in the world to all those who are poor in mind, body and spirit.
We live in a society where we have professionalized just about everything, and to some degree that might be good because we do need to provide the best care possible to the greatest number of people in the safest and most efficient way possible. Resources are limited, so they must be distributed in a rational way and in environments where people can feel safe; but is it right to just summarily dismiss the poorest of the poor or are we to tend to them even when we are conflicted?
Todd Bol, is scheduled to meet members of the community from 2-4 p.m., March 14, at Church of the Annunciation in Lewisville to talk about the social movement he started, Little Free Library.
For the past five years, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, has participated in an ecumenical grief ministry with a number of north Dallas churches. Our March Faith and Grief Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 12 noon to 1 pm, in the Coke Activities Room at Saint Michael, 8011 Douglas at Colgate. Our guest speaker will share a personal story of working through grief with faith. Anyone who has ever suffered the death of a loved one is invited to attend. Please join us as we support one another at table discussions. There is no fee, but donations are happily accepted. Contact: Katherine Bowen for luncheon reservations. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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