Dear Friends in Christ,
I want to first give praise and thanksgiving for the successful ADNE Synod that was held on Saturday at All Saints’ Pro-Cathedral and for the amazing unity that continues to be present in our Diocese. Thanks also to the clergy and other delegates that attended and to those of you who prayed for the proceedings from afar. Praise be to God! We will have a full Synod report in a future email, so watch for that.
As the collect for Thanksgiving Day says, we give our almighty and gracious Father thanks “for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.” We continue to be blessed in our Diocese with both a harvest and harvesters. This was on full display at both Rejoice! New England in September and Synod on Saturday.
When President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation declaring that the last Thursday in November would be a day of national thanksgiving, he gave thanks for our gracious gifts as a nation to the “Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”
When we come to the table of Thanksgiving this year, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ bring healing and hope to your home as well as a deep seated joy that comes from knowing you are loved by Him. May this also be a time when our discipleship, our following of Jesus Christ, gets fully exercised in our service to the less fortunate. May our churches be places where the lonely and troubled find the real love of Christ touching them where they are hungry, both spiritually and physically.
Thanks to all of you who have faithfully accepted and fulfilled the work God has given us to do. Blessed Thanksgiving wishes to you from all of us at ADNE.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1
Yours faithfully in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. William Murdoch, Bishop
Anglican Diocese in New England