August 2017 Messages on Recent Current Events
From Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
From the Central New York Episcopal Diocese
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Message from our Saints Peter and John Episcopal Church in Auburn, New York
From Mother Kathlyn
Dear People of God,
We have all seen the incredible damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. We have also just recently witnessed a shocking display of racism and bigotry in Charlottesville.
At times like this we see signs of the best and the worst that human beings can throw at each other. People helping each other in the grip of the storm and others standing strong against the hatred and violence we see too often.
I am delighted that CNY Bishop DeDe Duncan Probe from and our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry have spoken out on the messages our actions show.
In this world, some situations give us hope and others dash hopes. Yet in all of this, we can hear a call to prayer, to conversation about the difficult matter of racism and hatred that divides so many of our people. And as powerful as prayer can be, we need also hear the call to action.
It is time for all of us to stand up for what is right, to support those who lead us toward peace and justice, to take part in efforts to better understand the social issues as well as the disaster needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. I encourage you to listen to the messages of our Bishops who teach us and lead us in the way of Christ.
Let us pray -
Prayer for the Human Family (Book of Common Prayer).
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Mother Kathlyn +, Priest in Charge