A Message from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry – World Refugee Day, June 20, 2017

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A Message from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry – World Refugee Day, June 20, 2017

Before I say a word about our gathering here at the Primates Meeting, I just want to say a word of thank you to you for all of your prayers: your prayers for this meeting, your prayers for me personally, both here and in my earlier sickness. We are well, and God is God, and I thank you.

Let me say a word about the meeting.

This is not the outcome we expected, and while we are disappointed, it’s important to remember that the Anglican Communion is really not a matter of structure and organization. The Anglican Communion is a network of relationships that have been built on mission partnerships; relationships that are grounded in a common faith; relationships in companion diocese relationships; relationships with parish to parish across the world; relationships that are profoundly committed to serving and following the way of Jesus of Nazareth by helping the poorest of the poor, and helping this world to be a place where no child goes to bed hungry ever. That’s what the Anglican Communion is, and that Communion continues and moves forward.

This has been a disappointing time for many, and there will be heartache and pain for many, but it’s important to remember that we are still part of the Anglican Communion. We are the Episcopal Church, and we are part of the Jesus Movement, and that Movement goes on, and our work goes on. And the truth is, it may be part of our vocation to help the Communion and to help many others to grow in a direction where we can realize and live the love that God has for all of us, and we can one day be a Church and a Communion where all of God’s children are fully welcomed, where this is truly a house of prayer for all people. And maybe it’s a part of our vocation to help that to happen. And so we must claim that high calling; claim the high calling of love and faith; love even for those with whom we disagree, and then continue, and that we will do, and we will do it together.

We are part of the Jesus Movement, and the cause of God’s love in this world can never stop and will never be defeated.

God love you. God bless you. And you keep the faith. And we move forward.

Presiding Bishop and Primate thanks Episcopalians for their prayers

The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry wishes to thank all Episcopalians and others for the generous outpouring of prayer and well wishes in response to his Dec. 6 announcement that he will be undergoing surgery.

That surgery, originally scheduled for Dec. 7, is now scheduled for Dec. 8.  The postponement is to allow some aspirin he took on Dec. 6 the time needed to clear his system.

Presiding Bishop Curry was taken to the hospital Sunday, Dec. 6 after a visitation to Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.  A full recovery is expected.

Bishop Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer and the presiding bishop’s chief of staff, will be the celebrant and preacher at the Chapel of Christ Our Lord, 815 Second Ave., New York City, at 12:10 pm Eastern on Dec. 8.  He will include the following prayer for Bishop Curry, and invites others, wherever they may be, to join.

Precious Lord, take our hands, lead us on, let us stand. Let us stand today that we might better praise you. Let us stand that we might better hear you. Let us stand that we might better see you in the face of our neighbor. Let us stand that we might better embrace those who need you today. Let us stand that we might better feed those who hunger today. Let us stand that we might better serve the needy today. Let us stand that we might better clothe the naked today. Let us stand that we might better walk to visit the sick and free the captives and proclaim the good news of salvation to the ends of the earth today and every day. Let us stand today, even though we know you are doing for us better things that we can ask or imagine, to seek your presence with Michael and among us. Strengthen him on this day of his surgery. Guide those who care for him on your behalf in the hospital. And bring us all together again in your way and in your time that we can live lives of gratitude and love from this day onward.  It is your holy name that we pray. Amen.
(Inspired by Songs My Grandma Sang by Michael B. Curry)

Bishop Sauls noted that further information will be released by the presiding bishop’s office.

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