After a long tedious and burdensome journey, it now appears that the trial between the Diocese of South Carolina and The Episcopal Church will begin at some point in the near future. To quote Bishop Lawrence, “Through it all we have been guided by a desire to be faithful to the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as we have received it ever striving to be mindful that we have been entrusted with this Truth, this Good News and rich heritage, in order to share it with those who have yet to come into the reach of Christ’s saving embrace . . . but it is of fundamental importance to keep in mind that ours is more than a clinging to heritage for the sake of the past. It is also for the sake of our future mission . . . that our congregations . . . may continue to be beachheads and missionary centers for making known the redemptive power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Clearly, the time for prayer specifically focused on this arena is at hand; and to that end I encourage those in this parish family to join Bishop Lawrence and others across the diocese in a prayer written by an old friend, the Very Reverend John Barr.
Gracious and Sovereign Lord, may we want what you desire. Guide and be mightily present with Alan Runyan and the other attorneys who represent us and with those who testify on our behalf. May the courtroom be filled with the pleasant aroma of Christ, and at the end of the day, protect this diocese and its parishes that we might bring the redemptive power of the biblical gospel to the South Carolina Low Country, the Pee Dee and beyond. Let not our fear of outcomes tarnish our joy or deter us from the mission you have given us. Enable us to bless and not to curse those on the other side of this conflict. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And in the power of the Holy Spirit make us victorious over-comers wherever this road leads us. For we ask all in the name above all names, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May it be so, Lord; may it be so.