days that I love my church

I don’t love my church every day. We bicker and we fight, mostly about (pardon my english) shit that has very little to do with God’s presence, power, and mission in the world.

Today is different. Today is somber here in Minneapolis. Today, I really appreciate my church, and my bishop. Here is what he says:

August 2, 2007

Statement from the Right Rev. James L. Jelinek

Regarding the I-35W Bridge Collapse

u003c/font>u003cfont faceu003d”times new roman,times”>Minneapolisnyesterday.u003c/font> u003cfont faceu003d”times new roman,times”>The University Episcopal Center is about a half mile away from thensite, and, to our knowledge, all are fine.u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cspan>nu003cp>nu003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman” sizeu003d”3″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:12pt”>The prayers and well wishes have been streaming in overnight fromnacross the country. People are checking in with one another – quick emails thatnsay "you ok?" and "we're fine" are filling the airwaves. We will keep allnposted with any news we receive regarding people we know and love who werenvictims or witnesses in any way. We've had many questions asking, "What can wendo?" For now, we'll let the emergency personnel do their work and let themntell us what might be helpful when they are ready. But we can do what we donbest – pray. u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003c/span>nu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”>Wenpray for those who have died, may their souls and the souls of all the departednrest in peace.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”> Lordnin your mercy, hear our prayer.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”> Wenpray for those who may still be trapped, those who are injured, and for those whosenloved ones have not yet been accounted for. We pray for perseverance, and strength,nand hope.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”> Lordnin your mercy, hear our prayer.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”>Wenpray for those whose vocation serves the common good; for first responders, searchnand rescue, fire fighters, police officers, paramedics, for those who work innhospitals and blood banks; the newsrooms and media centers; for places ofnprayer- our churches and temples and mosques and our homes.”,1]
);
//–>On behalf of the Diocese of Minnesota, we offer our prayers to all who
are affected by the devastating bridge collapse in
Minneapolis
yesterday.
  The University Episcopal Center is about a half mile away from the
site, and, to our knowledge, all are fine.

 

The prayers and well wishes have been streaming in overnight from
across the country. People are checking in with one another – quick emails that
say "you ok?" and "we’re fine" are filling the airwaves.  We will keep all
posted with any news we receive regarding people we know and love who were
victims or witnesses in any way. We’ve had many questions asking, "What can we
do?"  For now, we’ll let the emergency personnel do their work and let them
tell us what might be helpful when they are ready. But we can do what we do
best – pray.

We
pray for those who have died, may their souls and the souls of all the departed
rest in peace.

            Lord
in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We
pray for those who may still be trapped, those who are injured, and for those whose
loved ones have not yet been accounted for.  We pray for perseverance, and strength,
and hope.

            Lord
in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We
pray for those whose vocation serves the common good; for first responders, search
and rescue, fire fighters, police officers, paramedics, for those who work in
hospitals and blood banks; the newsrooms and media centers; for places of
prayer- our churches and temples and mosques and our homes.u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”> Lordnin your mercy, hear our prayer.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”>Wenpray for those in leadership; for our governor and mayors, for state and federalnagencies, and for coordination of services in the immediate and distant future.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”> Lordnin your mercy, hear our prayer.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”>Wenpray for ourselves and our children. Calm our fears, comfort our sorrow, and guidenour response. Set us at the difficult task of studying and rebuilding for thenfuture. Grant us patience in the days ahead.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”> Lordnin your mercy, hear our prayer.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp>nu003cfont coloru003d”maroon” faceu003d”Arial” sizeu003d”2″>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon”> OnLord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grantnthat they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and they alsonhave grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ ournLord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and fornever. Amen.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp alignu003d”center”>nu003cfont sizeu003d”2″>Adapted from the Book of Common Prayeru003c/font> u003cbr>nnu003c/p>nnnu003cp styleu003d”margin:0px” alignu003d”right”>nu003cfont faceu003d”times new roman,times”>u003cstrong>u003cfont coloru003d”#0000ff” sizeu003d”3″>u003cstrong>u003cbr>nnnu003c/strong>u003c/font>u003c/strong>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnnu003cp styleu003d”margin:0px” alignu003d”right”>n nu003c/p>nnnu003cp styleu003d”margin:0px” alignu003d”left”>n nu003c/p>nnnu003cp styleu003d”margin:0px” alignu003d”right”>nu003cfont faceu003d”times new roman,times” sizeu003d”5″>”,1]
);
//–>

            Lord
in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We
pray for those in leadership; for our governor and mayors, for state and federal
agencies, and for coordination of services in the immediate and distant future.

            Lord
in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We
pray for ourselves and our children. Calm our fears, comfort our sorrow, and guide
our response.  Set us at the difficult task of studying and rebuilding for the
future. Grant us patience in the days ahead.

            Lord
in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O
Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant
that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and they also
have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for
ever.  Amen.

Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer

Amen.

 

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One thought on “days that I love my church

  1. Everything I have ever read that was written by your bishop, every speech of his that I have read on the web, and the one conversation I was luckily enough to have with him at EYE in 2005 impresses the hell out of me. Literally, by his pastoral presence and wisdom he drives the darkness away and makes space for the light of Christ.
    My prayers are with all in the Twin Cities.
    God’s Peace,
    Jason+

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