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Dear Friends,

Holy Week We stand at the entrance to Holy Week 2014. Together with millions of Christians around the world we will walk the way of the cross all the way to Easter Sunday. What will move you this year in the remembering of the whole story from the pageantry of Palm Sunday through the pain of Good Friday and the long Vigil of Holy Saturday, to the staggering life changing words at the tomb on Easter morning? He is not here, he has risen.

The violence of the world around us shatters our abilities to escape our human culpability in the sin of our fallen race. It came home to Boston a year ago at the finish line of the Marathon. Then in September we as Anglican Christians felt the shock of the bombing of All Saints Anglican Church in Pashawar, Pakistan. Now again a senseless act at Ft Hood in Texas.

Different kinds of violence and with many different victims point toward the need of humanity to have justice and peace somehow in the midst of so many hard questions. II Corinthians 5:19 answers the cry of the human heart, what is God going to do about this? It says what God did about this: “That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”

All Saints Bombing

Photo by AFP

This week we began to reach out to two of the people who were in the Anglican Church in Pashawar, a mother and father who while holding the hands of their 6 and 8 year old children survived the bombing. Tragically, their children did not. The couple is now in New Haven, parents of martyred children awaiting our help. Today in Ft Hood, Texas, Canon Andrea Mueller of our Diocese is leading a workshop for the women of Ft Hood.

We live in faith of a God who loved us so much that he did the work in Christ required to make sense of all of this and to bring us home to Him. We in the Anglican Diocese in New England find ourselves in close proximity to the survivors of these acts of violence with an opportunity to reach out and help. In the mystery of the suffering of Christ this Holy Week I pray that we will go deeper into the treasure of this work of love: Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again.

I am Your servant in Christ,
Bishop Bill Murdoch signature

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As a way to introduce The Rev Dr Nathan Baxter, the new rector for All Saints’ Anglican Church, to the diocese, Bishop Murdoch and the Rev Canon Susan Skillen sat down with Fr. Baxter in the sanctuary of the church to talk about him and his new ministry. Though the conversation is just over a half hour in length, this is such a momentous occasion in the life of both All Saints’ and ADNE, we feel like it deserves the extra attention. Watch now on our website (be sure to turn up the volume as the audio may be a little low):

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