Saturday, March 29, 2008

It's beginning to feel a lot like Easter

Today the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin reconstituted itself so it could return to living it's mission and miniistry no longer under a shadow. Good on 'em!

You may read about it at many sites (lots at Jake's place). Just read and scroll. Such joy!

Makes me almost feel I can smell chrism from here (to me, the scent of Easter).

Grant us, Lord, the lamp of charity which never fails, that it may burn in us and shed its light on those around us, and that by its brightness we may have a vision of that holy City, where dwells the true and never-failing Light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eternal God, who led your ancient people into freedom by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Grant that we who walk in the light of your presence may rejoice in the liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty, everlasting God, let our prayer in your sight be as incense, the lifting up of our hands as the evening sacrifice. Give us grace to behold you, present in your Word and Sacraments, and to recognize you in the lives of those around us. Stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your Son as he bore his passion, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages. Amen.

-Prayers from the Order for Evening

--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

Paul, I wrote about SJ, too. I wrote mainly for the folks in my territory who many not have heard of Schofield and the Diocese of San Joaquin, and I put up a picture of a woman priest giving out communion. The local folks probably don't know the significance of that either.

I was quite moved that half of the offertory collection was designated for rebuilding in the Diocese of Louisiana. That's sacrificial giving, for certain.

Bishop Jenkins is pretty well triangulated by the many gifts from the national church and gifts, such as this, from faithful Episcopalians, from thoughts of departure from TEC. I'm not saying that's the motive for their giving, but it is an unintended good consequence.

Paul said...

I am glad to see people helping each other across various "boundaries" and to see that in the midst of their own crisis the folks of EDSJ offer support to those rebuilding in Louisiana. We desperately need to recall our shared humanity, the core faith we have in common, and that we have been united to one another in baptism, no matter what ignorance, frailty, or willfulness comes in the way.

Apostle In Exile said...

Yes. Resurrection reaching out to resurrection, there.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Kirstin said...

Oops, I clicked "send" just as I noticed A. was still signed in on my laptop.

"Apostle in Exile" was me.

Paul said...

K, glad to know you're not a stealth Episcopalian. Thanks for the techie stuff; I moved it back up to the top for now.

FranIAm said...

Alleluia indeed! Prayers continuing for all!

Kirstin said...

Stealth, nothin'! (And neither is she, now. God can live openly in the Valley, again.)