Christmas 2019

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Soon we will leave the Season of Advent preparation and begin the joy of celebrating the Christmas Season, the time of our Savior Jesus’ birth.  For us we gather as we are able to hear and tell the story of the birth of God’s Son.  He came into the world being born of/in our human flesh by the power of the Holy Spirit. He was born as all of us are born.  Is it any wonder that over the two thousand years since that event we are still amazed and give thanks to God for the gift of life, love and joy?  We experience that our lives have purpose and meaning through living and relating to each other.  It is how we treat the environment and embrace “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.”

It is my prayer for each of us during this time that we seek to serve Christ in the simple acts of kindness.  Wherever we find ourselves; at home, with family or friends, in nursing homes or hospitals, with the homeless, or in church; we are all God’s children.

May God in Jesus Christ bless us and keep us in His grace and love. 

A Blessed and Joyful Christmas Season to each of you.

I am,

+ Bishop Duncan

From Our President

As this year draws to a close, we are surrounded with dark news as the media tells us of wild fires destroying entire towns, sex trafficking of young women, refugees fleeing violence, immigrant children separated from parents, the destruction of homes by hurricanes and tornadoes, murders committed by young teens, and presidential impeachment. But we are promised that “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John1:5)

Jesus was also born into a dark time, a time of political and social unrest, of despotic rulers, of violence, and of threatened revolutions. In this dark time, Mary and Joseph journey toward Bethlehem, holding to the promise that Mary will bear a son who “will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

We must also journey toward Bethlehem-toward hope-toward new life. As we move toward Bethlehem, toward the light, we help to birth the God within us. We help to birth Christ into the world. Every kind act, every shared pain, every act of hospitality advances us and the world around us on the journey. Every act of love brings Christ into the world: every act of love helps the light overcome the darkness. May the light of Christ illumine Christmas through our shared love.

Where there is no love, pour love in, and you will draw love out. -St. John of the Cross