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The Clergy Corner
I'm writing this column to you from beautiful northern California where I am staying for three days at Bishop's Ranch, a conference and retreat center. Tough life, I know!
I serve on the Episcopal Church's
Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and we're meeting here this week. This is an international body of the Episcopal Church which was created by General Convention in 2015 to develop networks and resources for the church's care of creation. For the last year I have been a member this body as well as its recording secretary and external communications liaison. It's been a privilege to serve the church in this way, and I will do so through 2018.
In Michigan, we understand the beauty of creation. This is the time of year where we come outdoors and breathe deeply. Snow is gone! Flowers are appearing! It's time to plant gardens, rejoice and give thanks.
As we do, let us remember that God appointed humanity to tend this good earth. The Anglican Church's
Five Marks of Mission include our aim "to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth." All of us have this mission from God. The question is how we enact it not only in our lives and households but also in our life together as God's church.
Personally, I feel I fail at this daily. We live in a fallen world and I am a fallen person. But as a disciple I am called to grow in Christ. I am comforted by the recognition that we are all called to grow together. I look forward to continuing my growth not only with the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation but also with our community at Holy Spirit. I am grateful to be with you in this work.
And nice as it is here, I'm looking forward to being home on Thursday!
Thoughts to Ponder
"Salvation in Christ calls us to responsibilities beyond ourselves. Especially in the developed world our view of salvation has often focused on our individual souls and journey to heaven. Our responsibility to care for God’s Creation has been overlooked or ignored. We have acted as if Christ only died to save the human race. The truth of the redemption of all things in Christ, which is the message of the life-giving cross, must be reclaimed. (Colossians 1:20; John 3:16)"
"The World Is Our Host," a word from the Bishops gathered through Anglican Communion Environmental Network, Good Friday 2015.
Eucharist will be available on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of each month.
All other Sundays will be Morning Prayer service.
not trial or hotel size) shampoo, conditioner, body wash/bar soap, deodorant/antiperspirant, toothpaste, and feminine products.
The pantry is well-stocked in other personal care items, so it really needs these
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Rogation Sunday Worship & Potluck at Plainsong Farm, 6677 12 Mile Rd. NE in Rockford is Sunday, May 21 from 4 to 7 pm. All are welcome to pray for the health of the land and community. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather as the Rogation Procession will circle the property. Please bring a dish to pass, a portable chair and your own plate setting for the potluck.