Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Gene, prior to the Changing Attitude/ Integrity Eucharist

6 comments:

Christine said...

Thinking about the readings for today in Matthew of Jesus before the scribes and Pharisees- how tempting it is to think we as Church are meant to guard the status quo instead of being willing to follow God into new places. Then I read your posting this morning and it all seemed to fit together- the real challenge for the institution is to be faithful to what we see now and willing to see God in new places. I will pray for today's
gathering. thank you for continuing to be there- for all of us. Christine

+kera said...

Brothers and sisters,
We are witnessing the unfolding of a new Gospel story. St. Francis has said, "Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, use words." +Gene, you are following this command so eloquently in the unfolding of your journey. Thank you for allowing us to be with you on this path.
+Kera

Tom in Durham said...

Dear Bishop Gene ... I try to follow your footsteps each day on this site. Today I am overwhelmed with the burden you carry in this prophetic witness God has placed on you. Having been (and still) in that place of being hurt so badly by the Church, I thank God each day that there are people such as yourself who speak of a God of compassion and love, a God who sees in all of us the image of children, a God who excludes no one. May this same God continue to strengthen you with his grace, sustain you with divine power, and surround you with unending love. Your flock in NH prays for you.

Jan said...

eDear Bishop Gene,
Please be assured that that are many, many who are praying for you and for those Gathered at Lambeth. Your courage, humility, honesty and witness are a powerful reminder of the Gospel call.
Peace,
Jan+

Anonymous said...

Dear Bishop Gene - Please continue on the path that you walk...He is with you as well as our prayers. Susan G.

FranIAm said...

This really moved me. I am reminded of the words of the hymn "Hosea" - come back to me, with all your heart, don't let fear, keep us apart...

When +Gene speaks, I think he speaks to that kind of return to wholeness and unity, yet that is not always what the "church" wants.