This Week’s From the Rector

Dear brothers sisters in Christ,

I greet you in the name of the Lord.

It is a great joy to be with you all and to stand together in worship with you this weekend.

I have been reflecting on the circumstances that we are all watching:  COVID, racial riots, injustice, persecution, political division (and so many more).

What a reassuring truth to know that over and above all these challenging circumstances is our loving faithful God who is with us in good times and in bad.

Isaiah the prophet reminds us:  

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior  {Isaiah 43].

None of the circumstances we face in life are a surprise to God.  So I encourage you to press deeper into him through prayer; know more of Him through the reading of the Bible and worship him regularly with His people in Church.

Here are two prayers I encourage you to pray from the Book of Common Prayer [2019]:

FOR TRUSTFULNESS IN TIMES OF WORRY AND ANXIETY

Most loving Father, you will us to give thanks for all things, to dread nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on the One who cares for us. Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which you have manifested unto us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

FOR A VIRTUOUS HEART                Thomas Aquinas

Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy thought can drag down; an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose can tempt aside. Bestow upon me understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and faithfulness that finally may embrace you.  Amen.

 

God bless you.

Bishop Julian

 

If I may ever be of service to you personally, please don’t hesitate to contact me through my email, frjohn@stmichaelanglicanchurch.com or my cellular phone (713)899-6434.