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Easter Monday
                                                                                                                              9 April 2012

Dear Friends in Christ,

       As bishop of South Carolina I carry out my ministry at the intersection of yesterday’s heritage and today’s miracles which keeps me conscious of how tomorrow’s legacy is being shaped.  It is the Easter season, and I recall that remarkable narrative from Luke’s Gospel, the Road to Emmaus.  You may recall that a disciple name Cleopas and his unnamed companion walk to a village a short ways from Jerusalem.  They are heartbroken over Jesus’ crucifixion.  They shuffle along the road.   A stranger joins them.  It is the risen Jesus but their eyes are kept from recognizing him.  They arrive at their destination and invite the stranger to stay.  He sits at their table and they offer him a meal.  When Jesus takes the bread, gives thanks and breaks it, suddenly, and miraculously, their eyes are opened.  They see it is the Risen Lord who has been with them all along. Unspeakable joy fills their hearts.   It is a lovely story that illustrates what it is like being bishop of this Diocese of South Carolina where yesterday’s legacy and today’s miracles are transforming realities that shape tomorrow.  

      Not long ago I instituted The Rev. Christopher Royer as rector of Christ the King, Waccamaw.  A few years ago this was a congregation of 40 beleaguered castaways from All Saints’, Pawleys Island.  Today it is a vibrant and growing congregation of well over 100 faithful members.   When I came on that joyous Sunday afternoon I brought with me a $25,000 check from the Building for Christ Fund to assist in paying for the property they had recently procured on Highway 17 on Pawleys Island.  Here they will build a new church.  To say there was joy at the gift would be an understatement.  The gift came from you, their brothers and sisters throughout the diocese.  It came from checks written at your table and from the abundance and scarcity of your daily bread.  In Christ’s hands it blessed these brothers and sisters with a sense of his risen presence among them.  Some of these parishioners of Christ the King carry with them a legacy that goes back several centuries.  Others have joined the congregation just a month or two ago.  But the “bread” other members of the diocese have given through the grace of Jesus Christ, is a reminder to them of his risen presence.  
  
    I could tell you other stories of how our Lord manifests his presence among us.  Jesus continues to share his promises and joy as we invite him to our tables and offer him the bread of our daily lives.  With these, he does the life transforming miracles that will be tomorrow’s legacy others will walk in—grateful for our faithfulness, as you and I are grateful for the faithfulness of those who gone before us.  As you give expectantly I believe God will use your gift to perform a miracle today that will be used to form the Gospel shaped stories others will recount and will be the inspiration upon which they build their future.

Yours in Christ,

The Right Reverend Mark J. Lawrence
XIV Bishop of South Carolina


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