General Convention 2006

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, and I will praise you . . . Psalm 43:3-4

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church
met in Columbus, Ohio from June 11-21, 2006.
This blog offers a view of the convention and beyond from the perspective of Lydia Evans, a two-time lay deputy from the Diocese of South Carolina.
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as well as pre- and post-convention coverage.
Thank you for remembering the convention deputies and their families in your prayers. For further resources, visit my webpages.
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Good morning, Lord!


The leadership of the Episcopal Church wanted very much, at the end of this legislative day, to be able to say THANK GOD IT'S FINISHED.

It was their desire to wrap up most of the substantive business before the Election of the Presiding Bishop this weekend. However, with the passage yesterday of A159, the first of the SCECAC Resolutions addressing the Windsor Report recommendations, we have only just begun. Read Bishop Stanton's report.

I'm off and running early once again, but first a few prayers, and Scriptures. The first prayer is one that my son, Coakey, and I like to say in the morning.

(I've been attempting to upload a photo of my special child at his confirmation in January with his friend, Bishop Salmon, but Blogger is not cooperating this morning for some reason. I'll try later.)

In the morning, Coakey and I raise our arms high in the air and say:

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for this day
Thank you for our family
Thank you for our friends
Thank you for making me
But, most of all, Lord,
thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus
Who went to the cross and died for me
So that I could be with you forever.

'Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 8:12

Psalm 15

Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle?
whom may abide upon your holy hill?

Whoever leads a blameless life

and does what is right,
who speaks the truth from his heart.

There is no guile upon his tongue;
he does no evil to his friend;
he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor.

In his sight the wicked is rejected,
but he honors those who fear the Lord.

He has sworn to do not wrong
and does not take back his word.

He does not give his money in hope of gain,
nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
shall never be overthrown.

O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:11

O God, the source of eternal light: Shed forth your unending day upon us who watch for you, that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, and our worship give you glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Have a wonderful day! Rejoice in the Lord on this glorious Friday. 'Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.'

Give it all to Him, and rest in His peace. And then share this peace with someone you meet today. Tell them that Jesus loves them. Tell them the reason for your hope. Let them know how your life has been changed by the Lord. Someone will need to hear this story today, and you are the one to tell it.

This morning, I've been listening to Casting Crowns' Love Them Like Jesus.

Just love them like Jesus
Carry them to Him
His yoke is easy, His burden is light
You don't need the answers
to all of life's questions
Just know that He loves them
And stay by their side
And love them like Jesus

Listen to a bit of it here


Anonymous Drew Collins said...

Coakey is indeed a fine young man and his confirmation was awesome!

6:38 PM  

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