The Bishop's Letters
Articles from November 2011
Here is one testimony, from St. Brendan’s in the City, offered by Jason, a 26 year-old with a life filled with broken relationships, addiction and prison, who has been touched and transformed by Jesus Christ through the ministry of His people.
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, my heart is filled with gratitude to the Lord for you and for all that He is doing among us. This past weekend, we held our first Diocesan Synod, based on Luke 9:43, “They were all amazed at the greatness of God,…marveling at all that Jesus did.” The majority of our time together was devoted to testimonies from each church and we were indeed all marveling at the great things that our Lord Jesus has been doing among us.
It is incomprehensible to me what ministry would be like without my wife. We are partners together for the Lord and he has always called the both of us.
Last week, we held our first Clergy Day as 60 of our priests and deacons gathered at The Falls Church. We began with the Eucharist and I preached on 2 Timothy 4:1-5, focusing on Paul’s two commands: “preach the Word” and “do the work of an evangelist.” We then spent all but the last hour of our time together sharing about the joys and challenges of our ministries in these two areas and praying for each one to be more effective in proclaiming the Gospel.
As we celebrate All Saints’ Day this week (it falls on November 1 but it is also observed this coming Sunday), we focus on the universal church and on what is called the Communion of Saints, the union we have with all those who have put their trust in Jesus from every people and language and tribe and nation—those still on earth, and those who have gone before us in ages past.