Weekly Dispatch, November 4th, 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,

It was nice to get away for a few days in order to refresh and prepare for an upcoming teaching project. I am grateful to everyone who pitched-in while Suzanne and I were away. Thanks also for your cooperation and continued patience and faithfulness during this long pandemic season.

This coming Sunday, I will continue my sermon series on 1 Thessalonians, and we will be blessed to have Fr. Lawrence McElrath serving with us in the liturgy. Many of you know Fr. Lawrence and his wife Megan since they are both Malone graduates, and Fr. Lawrence preached and presided in my absence once this summer. They have a baby girl named Natalie Mae, and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Fr. Lawrence will be joined by his Bishop, the Rt. Reverend Derek Jones, in order to baptize Natalie Mae into the faith. I regret that the baptism won't take place during our regular service, but you are all most welcome to join us at St. John's for the 3:00 p.m. service if you are able.

I write this email as the election results are coming in on Tuesday night, and I must admit that I've not spent the day worrying about our presidential election. I do believe that our culture will continue to decline no matter who occupies the white house, but I also have an increasingly clear sense of the work we are called to do in the midst of this decline. I pray that, as a church, we will have a unified sense of our purpose and that we will "feel God's pleasure" in doing the work He calls us to. That is my prayer for the months and years ahead. I'll close this morning with a special collect for the church's mission:

O God, our heavenly Father, you manifested your love by sending your only-begotten Son into the world, that all might live through him: Pour out your Spirit on your Church, that we may fulfill his command to preach the Gospel to all people. Send forth laborers into your harvest; defend them in all dangers and temptations; and hasten the time when the fullness of the Gentiles shall be gathered in, and faithful Israel shall be saved; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

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