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An Invitation to a Holy Lent from Bishop Mark Lawrence
When was the last time you examined your spiritual "equipment," to see what kind of shape it was in? In this brief Lenten video Bishop Mark Lawrence invites us to take time for spiritual examination, reflection, prayer and repentance..
He urges us to set aside 20-30 minutes and go off to a “lonely place” with a pad and pencil, our Bible and prayer book and ask God, through is Holy Spirit, to search us and know us – to shine a light on those areas he wants to transform.
Lenten Offerings Around the Diocese
The following 2017 Lenten programs and events are being offered across the Diocese of South Carolina. All are free (unless otherwise noted) and are open to the public. Note: they are listed by Deanery.
Lenten Parish Dinner and Video Series, St. Jude’s, Walterboro, March 8-April 15
From Northern Nigeria to Northern Ireland; Third Anglican Leadership Institute Concludes
The Third Anglican Leadership Institute is now history. As I write some are still in the air, and some have landed and rejoined their families.
And what a great group they were. They spanned the full Anglican spectrum:
And on it goes. 16 marvelous people -- all Anglicans from 12 enormously different socio-economic situations living in cultures vastly different from each other. Yet all united in Jesus Christ and experiencing the joy of becoming a family. Our closing dinner was a time of deep prayer followed by hugs all around. Those Africans love to hug.
Daffodil Garden Planted in Honor of the Rev. Bob Horowitz
Organized by Senior Warden Margie Williams, the garden is part of a worldwide Daffodil Project, which aspires to build a living memorial in eternal remembrance of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust and in support of children who continue to suffer in humanitarian crises in the world today.
The shape and color of daffodils represent the yellow stars, which Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. "Yellow is the color of remembrance. Daffodils represent our poignant hope for the future. They are resilient and return with a burst of color each spring. The daffodils honor the memory of those who perished and also serve to honor those who survived," Williams said.
The daffodils were planted under the sign in front of St. Jude's Church in honor of Horowitz's Jewish heritage and his ministry here. "God has blessed him so that he has become a blessing to us," Williams said.
“The Pharisee Culture is Not Magnetic”
Sauls Challenges Churches to “Love People, Institutions and Cities to Life” at Listen & Speak Conference
There are three ways the Christian community can respond to society in a post-Christian age, according to Scott Sauls, speaker at the recent Listen & Speak conference held at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston this past October. “Christians can compromise, they can judge, or they can bless and serve. Compromise is ineffective,” said Sauls. “Judging hurts things; all that’s left is loving and serving.”
Nominal Christianity is going away, according to Sauls, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. Sauls went to Nashville after having spent five years on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with noted pastor and author Tim Keller.