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Another visit with our Presiding Bishop

Our guest columnist is The Rev. Carola von Wrangel

Last Saturday I went down to St. John’s Church in Olympia, where Presiding Bishop Michael Curry led a conversation and question and answer time with Bishop Rickel and many interested Episcopalians from around the diocese. An exciting day, it provided an opportunity to hear more of the vision our PB has for the Church and for the world.

Bishop Curry talked about a translation of the Gospels by Clarence Jordan, “The Cotton Patch Gospel.” I was especially struck by his teaching on the Kingdom of God. Jordan offers a different, and perhaps better translation of the Greek word “kingdom”. Rather than the kingdom of God, we are part of the movement of God. Jesus did not come to usher in a kingdom, an establishment church, but rather calls us to participate in a movement — The Jesus Movement. I’m excited by this vibrant, kinetic opportunity.

This Movement of God is echoed in St. Dunstan’s vision statement:
On Earth as it is in heaven,
all are welcome,
all are fed, and
all are loved.

Mother Carola led us in this prayer at is week’s Wednesday Eucharist:
For the Oppressed
Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this
land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as
their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to
eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those
who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law
and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of
us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, p. 826)
You will find a section of Prayers and Thanksgivings to pray in such a time as this.
They begin on page 809 of the BCP, after the Psalms. The online BCP may be found here.