New presiding bishop elected

Bishop_Curry_3_8x11_webThe Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, bishop of North Carolina, was today elected the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church on the first ballot. He is the first African-American elected to head the Episcopal Church.

More details here.

“O God, the light of the faithful, and shepherd of souls, who didst set blessed Michael to be a Bishop in the Church, that he might feed thy sheep by his word and guide them by his example: Grant us, we pray thee, to keep the faith which he taught, and to follow in his footsteps; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” —Collect for a Bishop, Book of Common Prayer, Church of England

Seconding!

“God does not need our prayers as much as we need to say them to even know the deepest will and desire of God and our own. Our prayers are simply seconding the motion.”

—Richard Rohr

Too often we believe that by praying we can change God’s mind, influence the Almighty. In truth, we seek in prayer to align our will with God’s, to get in line with, or as Rohr states it, “Second the motion.” The only one changed in prayer is yourself—aligning your will with God’s.

It has been by my looking back—reflecting upon my life—that I have come to realize God’s presence and acting within my life. My prayers since then have been to better know and accept God’s better plans for my life. Coming to McKeesport is a recent good example. “I second that motion! All in favor, say aye!”

—The Rev. Dave Else

Holy Week services

The Maundy Thursday observance of Jesus’ Last Supper will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a meal, with the Eucharist and stripping of the altar to follow.

The Good Friday service will begin at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome as we mark these solemn and holy occasions.

Easter Sunday worship will be at 8 and 10 a.m., with Easter tea to follow the 10 a.m. service.