Weekly Dispatch, July 8th, 2020
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

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A Message from Fr. Bryan

Dear Friends in Christ,

By now, you all know that The Rev. Canon Lawrence McElrath will be with us on Sunday, July 11th to preach and preside. He is flying up from Atlanta to fill-in for me, and I am especially grateful for his help. You can learn more about The Rev Canon by reading his bio below. Suzanne and I will be out for a week but back on July 19th, so we look forward to being with you again soon if we don't see you this evening at 6:30 pm on Zoom.

This past Sunday, I was involved in a conversation with Dale Boston and Joe Russell about the cultural tension and confusion so palpable in our world right now. More than ever, our traditional sources of information seem clearly slanted in one direction or another. We are all prone to worry that our friends and neighbors are being "brainwashed" by the wrong media sources, and our friends and neighbors have the same worries about us. Social media exacerbates this problem and certainly adds to the tension. In light of that conversation, I want to share with you some of my "go-to" sources for theological commentary on social, culture, and political issues.

I subscribe to the newsletters and blogs of most of these sources and to the print versions of several. They are all conservative and orthodox in nature, but you'll find some diversity as well. While I do tend to trust and often agree with the writings of these publications, they don't make it any easier to exercise patience, kindness, gentleness, and respect - our Christian obligations at all times. Living up to these obligations is, in my mind, the greatest challenge we all face right now. I realize that most of you have plenty to keep you busy, but if you are interested, this is simply a list of my "favorites."

The Front Porch Republic
First Things
Cardus (Canadian)
Mercator.net (Australian)

Finally, I will continue our sermon series on prayer when I return to the pulpit in a few weeks, and I don't want to leave any lingering questions that you may have unanswered. If you have questions, doubts, or concerns about prayer, please consider filling out the brief survey linked at the end of this paragraph. Your answers will be entirely anonymous, so just click prayer survey if you want to share your thoughts.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Grace & Peace,

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    The Rev. Canon Lawrence McElrath

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    The Rev. Canon Lawrence H. McElrath, Archbishop’s Canon & Chaplain | Director of A.M.E.N. Anglican Church in North American

    The Rev. Canon Lawrence H. McElrath serves as Canon and Chaplain to The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach, who is the Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America. Lawrence also serves as the Director for the Anglican Multiethnic Network (A.M.E.N.). In addition to his duties, Canon McElrath serves as the Battalion Chaplain for the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), U.S. Army Reserves (Whitehall, Ohio). Before joining the Provincial staff, Canon Lawrence served as Assistant to the Bishop’s Chaplain for the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy and Curate at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Hudson, Ohio.

    Canon Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Educational Ministries from Malone University, a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and has recently begun doctoral studies in Missional Leadership within the Sacramental Tradition at Asbury Theological Seminary. Father Lawrence is focusing his dissertation on Multicultural Leadership development.

    Lawrence and his wife, Megan, are Ohio natives currently residing in Georgia. In February, they welcomed their baby girl, Natalie Mae, into the world.

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