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Join Bishop José for a Deanery-wide celebration of fellowship, faith, and diocesan history! We still have spots available at our Western Deanery Dinner at The Lodge at Cat Creek on June 14th from 6-8PM. This special event will be an opportunity to join together and reflect on the past, present, and future of our diocese as we celebrate our Centennial year. We can't wait to see you there!
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Daily Devotion – Friday, April 3
22. Immediately [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid." 28 Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." 29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." (Matthew 14:22-33)
Let me state upfront that I have great admiration for Peter. Sure --- I realize that he was the one who sank. He was the one Jesus had to rescue. He was the one to whom Jesus shared the words: “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31) However, Peter was also the only one who even considered getting out of the boat. He was the only one who asked Jesus permission to do so. In the end, he was the only one who knew the thrill of walking on water --- even if just for a brief moment.
That being said, let me go back to the question Jesus asked Peter after reaching out and pulling him to safety: “Why did you doubt?” As I look at this story, I believe that there are two answers. First, Matthew tells us plainly: “But when [Peter] noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink…” (Matthew 14:30) Simply put, Peter doubted, which led to his sinking, because he became aware that outside forces were present, making what he was doing harder. Clearly, walking on water is difficult enough without having to deal with a stubborn headwind!
However, I think there is another reason for Peter’s doubt, which is closely linked to the one I just shared. He doubted, which led to his sinking, because he took his eyes off of Jesus. While, at first, he kept his focus squarely on Jesus, which allowed him to walk on water, when he became distracted by the wind, he found himself in trouble.
At this stressful time in our lives, it seems to me that where we choose to focus is vitally important to our spiritual and emotional well-being. For instance, if we spend the majority of our time focusing on the “strong wind” --- the doomsday news reports, the steadily increasing number of those infected and dead, the overwhelming burden placed on our hospitals, the lack of necessary medical supplies, the unemployment numbers, etc., we will quickly begin to sink. I am not suggesting that we bury our heads in the sand and act as if nothing is wrong. Clearly, we must be aware of what is happening and do what is best, both for ourselves and others. However, those who spend too much time focusing on the bad news may start to feel hopeless in this situation.
Instead, I would invite you in the days and weeks to come to focus your eyes on Jesus and the things of his kingdom. What might that look like? First, keep faithful in prayer, in reading the Bible, and in seeking online worship services. When we focus on Jesus, it offers us genuine hope, remembering that he is in control. When we look only at the storms around us, they can seem daunting. When we recall that Jesus is greater than any storm, we begin to experience his peace. Second, seek ways to look beyond yourself to see the needs of others. As you likely know, Jesus spoke about an agape love --- a sacrificial kind of love that puts the interests of others before our own. It was the kind of love Jesus showed throughout his life. At this time, it is very tempting to focus inward, worrying only about our health situation or financial well-being. While we are right to have those concerns, we must remember that there are others who are already experiencing hardship at this time, whether it be physical or economic. By focusing on Jesus, it can lead us to ask: How can we help them at this time? Even more, it can lead us to respond to their needs.
At some point, the wind from this storm will finally cease. We will look back and realize that our Lord was with us the entire time. In the meantime, may we cling to our faith, however “little” it may appear, and continue to worship Jesus, who truly is “the Son of God.”
Questions to Ponder: Where would you say your primary focus has been in the past few weeks? If it has been on the “strong wind,” how might you begin to re-focus on Jesus? Even as you continue to shelter in place, what is one way you could “step of out the boat” in faith to help someone in need?
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
5:00 PM 7:00 PM
Don’t miss it! Real, from scratch buttermilk pancakes (a special recipe made with fresh eggs, buttermilk, butter, special flour). Also, local Bitter Creek Extra Lean Handmade Sausage, warm maple syrup, apple sauce, apple or orange juice, great coffee and tea. Gluten Free Pancakes on request. Brought to you by the youth of the Order of Saint George with help from family and friends. All proceeds will go to children and youth ministries. Cost is $ 6.00 for age 12 and older and $3.00 for 11 and under. Tickets on sale in the Narthex on Sunday February 23rd and at the door. Invite your neighbors and friends for a simple but great meal served by our youth. Best pancakes in Western North Carolina and North Georgia.
We are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement in Western North Carolina. All are welcome. Worship Services:
Holy Eucharist Rite I at 9:00 a.m.
and Holy Eucharist Rite II at 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays
Meditation with intercessory healing prayers at 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays
Holy Eucharist Rite II with healing prayers at 12:00 p.m.
The Collect for the Feast Day of Saint Patrick, Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461
Almighty God, in your providence you chose your servant Patrick to be the apostle of the Irish people, to bring those who were wandering in darkness and error to the true light and knowledge of you: Grant us so to walk in that light that we may come at last to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lord bless your morning prayer.
The Collect for the Feast Day of James Theodore Holly, Bishop of Haiti, and of the Dominican Republic, 1911
Most gracious God, by the calling of thy servant James Theodore Holly thou gavest us our first bishop of African American heritage. In his quest for life and freedom, he led thy people from bo***ge into a new land and established the Church in Haiti. Grant that, inspired by his testimony, we may overcome our prejudice and honor those whom thou callest from every family, language, people, and nation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
The Collect for the Feast Day of Saint Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604
Almighty and merciful God, you raised up Gregory of Rome to be a servant of the servants of God, and inspired him to send missionaries to preach the Gospel to the English people: Preserve in your Church the catholic and apostolic faith they taught, that your people, being fruitful in every good work, may receive the crown of glory that never fades away; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Third Sunday in Lent, March 12, 2023.
Welcome to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville, NC for this service The Third Sunday in Lent, March 12, 2023. We are glad that you have joined us. All are welcome.
The Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Collect for the Feast Day of Harriet Ross Tubman, 1923, Social Reformer
O God, whose Spirit guides us into all truth and makes us free: Strengthen and sustain us as you did your servant Harriet Ross Tubman. Give us vision and courage to stand against oppression and injustice and all that works against the glorious liberty to which you call all your children; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
“Some talk as if we were saved just because Christ paid our debt, representing God's share in the transaction as little else than that of a severe, stern, unrelenting creditor, who takes no interest in his imprisoned debtor beyond letting him out when the surety has taken up the bond. Is this true? Is it fair to God? True? It is utterly false. Salvation flows from a higher source than Calvary. It has its fountain, not in the cross of the incarnate Son, but in the bosom of the eternal Father. The central trust of the Bible, that on which I lay the greatest stress, is this, that God does not love us because Christ died for us, but that Christ died for us because God loved us. I do not disparage the work of Christ; far be such a thought from me. Yet Christ Himself is the gift of our Father's love.” - Thomas Guthrie, 1858
The Collect for the Feast Day of Saint Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, c. 394
Almighty God, you have revealed to your Church your eternal Being of glorious majesty and perfect love as one God in Trinity of Persons: Give us grace that, like your bishop Gregory of Nyssa, we may continue steadfast in the confession of this faith, and constant in our worship of you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen
The Collect for the Feast Day of Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 202
O God the King of saints, you strengthened your servants Perpetua and Felicitas and their companions to make a good confession, staunchly resisting, for the cause of Christ, the claims of human affection, and encouraging one another in their time of trial: Grant that we who cherish their blessed memory may share their pure and steadfast faith, and win with them the palm of victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The Second Sunday in Lent, March 5, 2023.
Welcome to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Hayesville, NC for this service The Second Sunday in Lent, March 5, 2023. We are glad that you have joined us. All are welcome.
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17
The Collect for the Feast Day of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, 1791, 1788
Lord God, you inspired your servants John and Charles Wesley with burning zeal for the sanctification of souls, and endowed them with eloquence in speech and song: Kindle in your Church, we entreat you, such fervor, that those whose faith has cooled may be warmed, and those who have not known Christ may turn to him and be saved; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect for the Feast Day of Saint Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, 672
Almighty God, for the peace of the Church your servant Chad relinquished cheerfully the honors that had been thrust upon him, only to be rewarded with equal responsibility: Keep us, we pray, from thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, and ready at all times to step aside for others, that the cause of Christ may be advanced; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect for the Feast Day of Saint David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales, c. 544
Almighty God, you called your servant David to be a faithful and wise steward of your mysteries for the people of Wales: Mercifully grant that, following his purity of life and zeal for the Gospel of Christ, we may with him receive our heavenly reward; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
The Collect for the Feast Day of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, Educator, 1964
Almighty God, who inspired your servant Anna Julia Haywood Cooper with the love of learning and the skill of teaching: Enlighten us more and more through the discipline of learning, and deepen our commitment to the education of all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Save the date. The annual Lenten Fish Fry will be held on Friday, March 17 from 5-7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale on Sundays in the parish hall.
The Collect for the Feast Day of George Herbert,
Priest and Poet, 1633
Almighty God, who called your servant George Herbert from the pursuit of worldly honors to be a poet and a pastor of souls: Give us grace, we pray, joyfully to dedicate all our powers to your service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Collect for the Feast Day of Saint Photini, The Samaritan Woman, c.67
O Almighty God, whose most blessed Son revealed to the Samaritan woman that He is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the World; Grant us to drink of the well that springs up to everlasting life that we may worship you in spirit and in truth through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
The First Sunday in Lent. February 26, 2023
The Collect for The First Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations, and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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