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Pastoral letter after Synod

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My dear, dear Family in Christ Jesus,

Adapted from Romans 1:1-7 

Timothy, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

To all in St. Peter’s who are loved by God and called to be his holy people:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we continue our faith journey together, we “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, cf 3:17-4:1). Our journey comes with its highs and lows, its times of smooth sailing and stormy waters. Yet we press on, proclaiming the good news of God’s rescue plan carried out, on and through the Cross of Christ.

This past Sunday I touched briefly on a vote of our recent General Synod, sharing what has strengthened me in prayer over a very challenging issue, that of the marriage of same sex couples. This coming Sunday, I will share a little on part of what has happened in some theological progression by some that has influenced this change. Rather than use this letter to get into this “conversation”, I am sharing with you two texts I shared on Sunday and one that comes out of my prayer and reflection yesterday. Also attached are two letters and an internet link that will provide more detail.

  1. Three scriptures
    1. 2 Timothy 4:1-5
    2. 1 Timothy 4:9-16
    3. Hebrews 12:1-3 (cf 11:32-40)
  2. Archbishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson has issued a pastoral letter to the Diocese
  3. A Statement from Seven Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada
  4. Anglican Unscripted video newscast episode 239 – “Conversations, Congo & Canada”
    – note the comments of George Conger, 8:50 into the video.

This is a difficult place for us to be. We are not alone in feeling dismayed, perhaps even overwhelmed. This has left one clergy friend questioning their ordination vows.

Let us remember we are on this journey together AND we are not alone! So I’m going to set a time to meet, share, vent, discuss, cry, laugh, reflect and pray.
coffee, tea, snacks will be provided

If you need childcare help, please let us know.

Blessings, Tim

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