Bishop Smith’s E-Pistle March 4, 2016

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THE HOLY ORDER OF THE LAITY
ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
PRAYERS
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March 4, 2016

THE HOLY ORDER OF THE LAITY, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD

The Rev. Canon Gil Stafford
Canon Theologian

I met someone a few weeks ago who had been recently turned down as a potential clergy person in their denomination. They were devastated. “How could the church deny that I have a call from God?” The pain was deep. “I don’t want to leave the church I love. But what other choice do I have?” I wondered if their church had already left that person behind in a religion of either/or thinking about God, doctrine, and the institution? At the very least, the person felt trapped in a hierarchical institution that seemingly had no way to value the dignity of their vocation.

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST THIS WEEK

Chapel Rock Sunday

Bishop Smith has designated Sunday, March 6 as Chapel Rock Sunday throughout the Diocese. On that day, the Bishop is asking each church and congregation members to support the Chapel Rock Campership Fund for the benefit of our children and youth. The experiences that our campers have at Chapel Rock are life changing and extraordinary. Every year, when we read camper evaluations, camper after camper says, “That was the best week of my summer!” It is fun, Christ-centered, and provides the opportunity to grow closer to God through the beauty and power of our Episcopal Church traditions. Please join with us in changing lives and help send children and youth to camp this summer!  There will be a collection taken to support the campership fund Sunday, March 6th. You can also go to Chapel Rock’s website to contribute securely online.

Treat the Disease, Not the Symptom

[EVP] It is important to remember that conflict is almost always a symptom of an underlying problem. Yes, there are difficult and even crazy people in our churches who seem to delight in causing arguments and ill feeling, and it is easy to think that if those people just went away, everything would be fine. However, the fact is that usually conflict is the sign that something else — normally a combination of finances, buildings, and leadership — is not right in the life of the congregation. Read more.

 

 

NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
Maundy Thursday Youth Lock-In
All Saints’ (Phoenix) invites youth grades 7-12 to join them for a Maundy Thursday (March 24) lock-in. They know that many, if not most, students have school on Good Friday. They are hopeful that youth will consider requesting Friday off excused from school for religious observation. If they are not able to miss school, they may leave the lock-in early Good Friday morning for school. The lock-in is intended to be a time of fun, food and fellowship that is grounded deeply in reflection and prayer as they teach the traditions of the sacred Lenten triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Contact Mother Holly Davis at hdavis@allsaints.org for questions, as well as to RSVP for this event.

WEEKLY CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

 

Please go to the Diocesan Calendar for more detailed information about these events and others including services such as Taizé and Compline. Use our Find a Church feature to locate a church listed below.

Saturday, March 5

  • Making the Most of Your Church Resources – a Lay Leadership Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Produce on Wheels – With Out Waste
    @ St. John the Baptist, Glendale
  • Contemplative Group Prayer
    @ St. Michael & All Angels, Tucson
  • Good Grief Spiritual Support Group @ Grace St. Paul’s, Tucson
  • Saturday Night Life Worship Service
    @ St. Barnabas, Scottsdale
  • Taizé @ St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Sunday, March 6

  • Chapel Rock Sunday
  • Bishop’s Visitation
    @ Canterbury Episcopal Campus Ministry, Flagstaff
  • Making the Most of Your Church Resources – a Lay Leadership Retreat @ Chapel Rock, Prescott
  • Organ Concert @ Christ the King, Tucson
  • Meditation @ St. Peter’s, Litchfield Park
  • Taizé @ St. Stephen’s, Phoenix

Monday, March 7

  • Lay Leadership Retreat Recovery – Diocesan Office Closed

Wednesday, March 9

  • Intercessory Prayers @ St. Stephen’s, Sierra Vista
  • Healing Service & Eucharist @ St. Matthew’s, Chandler
Friday, March 11
  • Taizé Service @ St. Luke’s, Prescott
  • Byrd and Sweelinck Concert @ St. Augustine’s, Tempe

PRAYERS
[click on the link above for the complete calendar]

March
6  Church of the Nativity, Scottsdale
13  St. Anthony on the Desert, Scottsdale
20  St. Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale
27  St. Andrew’s, Sedona

Remember in your Prayers of the People:

Our companion Diocese:

And those who have asked for our prayers:

  • Fred Chilese, husband of The Rev. Sandy Chilese,
    who is recovering from knee replacement surgery
  • The Rev. Robert Williams,
    who is suffering from chronic lumbar muscle spasms
  • The Rev. Jeffrey Reed,
    who is undergoing treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pat Thompson, Lay Vicar,
    who is recovering from a serious car accident
  • The Rev. Channing Johnson,
    who is receiving treatment for melanoma
  • Nancy Dugan, wife of The Rev. Ray Dugan,
    who is recovering at home
  • All members of the Armed Forces,
    especially those who are serving overseas
  • Those affected by recent weather, natural disasters, and
    civil unrest

The above names will stay on this list for up to four weeks. If someone needs to remain on this list for a longer period, or to have others added to this list, please contact Nicole Krug at nicole@azdiocese.org.

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