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Deacons Bidding Prayers Sept 6th 2013

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (wikimedia commons)

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (wikimedia commons)

We Bid Your Prayers…

Each week, the deacons of the Diocese of Nebraska invite everyone to join us in praying for the needs, hopes, concerns, and joys of the world beyond our immediate circles of family, friends, and parish. Deacons are invited to send biddings for prayers for the world to deaconbetsy@windstream.net by Thursday noon for each week’s gathering of biddings.

The deacons of our diocese bid your prayers:

For the people of Syria, for refugees from war and violence, and for those who provide humanitarian aid.

For the leaders of the world, especially the Congress and President of the United States, as they make difficult decisions affecting the peace and welfare of people at home and abroad.

For people in our country who are unemployed or underemployed. For those who are fully employed to find compassion and understanding for those who need help.

For those who have lost loved ones, homes, and crops to flooding in the Sahel region of Africa.

For all those known and unknown who have been killed in wars around the world, especially Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera, 26, of Caldwell, Idaho, Sgt. Jamar A. Hicks, 22, of Little Rock, Ark., and Spc. Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, of Baytown, Texas, all killed the week of August 12.

Diocesan Office on the Road

dio-ne-westThe Diocesan office has taken to the road to work in the western part of the state.  We are again excited to spend time with our parishioners and clergy who are the furthest distance from our office. We look forward to offering support and services, as well as fellowship and friendship.

 

Traveling with Bishop Barker this year will be Kate Baxley, Director of Administration and Communications, and Beth Byrne, Director of Finance.   We are happy to offer training, guidance and/or workshops to your Vestry or parishioners as needed.

 

We have listed our schedule below.  We hope that if you are in the area, you will come by and visit. Feel free to drop by during our office hours during a visitation or contact us and we will be happy to make an appointment with you personally.

 

We hope to see you during our visit!

 

 

Friday, September 6:

Visit and all parish meeting at St. John’s, Valentine – 7:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 7:

Bishop Visitation and Eucharist at St. Mark’s, Gordon – 5:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 8:

Bishop Visitation and Eucharist at St. Mary’s Holly, Rushville – 8:30 a.m.

Bishop Visitation and Eucharist at Grace Church, Chadron – 5:00 p.m.

Dinner and all parish meeting following service.

 

Monday, September 9:

Office Hours at Grace Church, Chadron -10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, September 10:

Mini Clergy Retreat at Grace Church, Chadron – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Community Workshop Offering –  Worshipful Work: Lay Leadership in
Our Episcopal Church
  – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11:

Office Hours at St. Matthew’s, Alliance – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bishop Visitation and Eucharist at St. Matthew’s, Alliance – 5:30 p.m.

Dinner – 6:30 p.m.

Community Workshop Offering – Worshipful Work: Lay Leadership in
Our Episcopal Church
  – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, September 12:  

Office Hours at St. Matthew’s, Alliance – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m

Community Workshop Offering – Worshipful Work: Lay Leadership in

Our Episcopal Church  – 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bishop Visitation and Eucharist at Calvary, Hyannis – 5:00 p.m.
Fellowship and all parish meeting – 6:00 p.m.

 

Friday, September 13:  

Bishop Visitation and Eucharist at St. George’s, Oshkosh – 5:30 p.m.
Fellowship and all parish meeting – 6:30 p.m.

**Please remember, all are invited to these events and visitations!  You do not have to be a member of these parishes to attend.   See you soon! 

Tri-Faith Initiative on the Road

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Meet with Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders of the Tri-faith Initiative in Omaha for an update on this exciting project and a workshop on how your church can engage in interfaith and ecumenical work to build bridges of respect and understanding among people of different faith traditions.

These workshops are open to all, but especially clergy, lay leaders and religious educators of Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran Churches across Nebraska.   If this time and location are not convenient, there will be additional workshops in Norfolk and Omaha in the coming months and video resources as well.

 

 

 

 

Our next presentation of Tri-Faith on the Road will be held Saturday, September 28th from 10:00am – 1:30pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kearney.  Lunch is provided.

 

Please register for this event by going to either the Episcopal Tri-Faith website:  www.episcopaltrifaith.org or the Tri-Faith Initiative site: www.trifaith.org.  Or click on the following link: Tri-Faith on the Road Registration 

Bring a friend and join us!

Saturday, September 28th

10:00 am – 1:30 pm

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

2304 2nd Ave

 Kearney NE

Bible Challenge Week 35 September 2nd-8th

12ba4fb9-5a18-4263-b078-33c47ce543e3Weekly Word from Bishop Barker for Week 35
September 2nd – 8th

In the Old Testament this week we finish the Book of Isaiah and begin reading the Book of Jeremiah. We will also read Psalms 45 through 50. In the New Testament we will read the first half of Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews.

 

I wonder…

– There seems to be a flow from Psalm 46 to Psalm 47, as the psalmist moves from affirming God is distant but caring, to celebrating God as omnipresent and utterly triumphant. Does that movement reflect your own faith journey in any way? Why or why not?

– The Book of Jeremiah opens with God scolding the young and reluctant prophet Jeremiah. “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy.’ For you shall go to all whom I send you.” Indeed, Jeremiah is remembered as one of the greatest prophets known to humankind. In what ways are you reluctant to follow God calls? If God could tell you to “stop saying” one thing, what would God tell you to stop saying?

– “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Heb 4:12.) Where do you experience “the word of God” as evidently and sharply active in your life? Has the Bible Challenge contributed in any way to your experience of God’s word as active?

 

  Please consider inviting a friend to join us in our read.

May each and everyone one of us be blessed by the Word this week!

 

In love and Faith –

+ Bishop Barker

 

This week’s readings:

Day 239  – Monday, September 2, 2013
– Isaiah 61-63, Psalm 45, Hebrews 1
Day 240  – Tuesday, September 3, 2013
– Isaiah 64-66, Psalm 46, Hebrews 2
Day 241  – Wednesday, September 4, 2013
– Jeremiah 1-3, Psalm 47, Hebrews 3
Day 242  – Thursday, September 5, 2013
– Jeremiah 4-6, Psalm 48, Hebrews 4
Day 243  – Friday, September 6, 2013
– Jeremiah 7-9, Psalm 49, Hebrews 5
Day 244  – Saturday, September 7, 2013
– Jeremiah 10-12, Psalm 50, Hebrews 6
Day 245  – Sunday, September 8, 2013 – Enjoy hearing the Scriptures read aloud in church

We Bid Your Prayers…

A deacon wearing a stole (deacons wear the stole across one shoulder, priests around both)

We bid your prayers…

The deacons who gathered at St. Luke’s, Kearney, two weeks ago decided that the new format of The Nebraska Episcopalian gives us a way to do something we first discussed at a deacons’ retreat a few years ago: bid the prayers of people throughout the diocese for needs beyond our parishes. We invite everyone to join us in praying for the needs, hopes, concerns, and joys of the world. As deacons get used to gathering and sending these biddings, our intention is to publish them toward the end of the week in time for them to be a resource for deacons and others preparing the Prayers of the People for Sunday worship. Deacons are invited to send biddings for prayers for the world to deaconbetsy@windstream.net by Thursday noon for each week’s gathering of biddings.

 

The deacons of our diocese bid your prayers:

 

For all those affected by the wildfires burning in the western United States; for people whose lives, homes, or businesses have been lost or are threatened now by fires, for the firefighters, rangers, and first responders working to contain the fires and help people, and for wisdom to understand and address the underlying causes of this year’s wildfires.

 

For the people of Syria and for the leaders of the world as they decide how to respond to the situation in Syria.

 

For seasonable weather, and for relief for people suffering from the heat.

 

For victims of flooding in Mali, in Russia, in China, and elsewhere, and for those preparing for floods expected in the days ahead.

 

For all those known and unknown who have been killed in wars around the world, especially Spc. Nicholas Welch of Mill City, Oregon killed the week of August 4.

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Atlantic Monthly: Meaning Is More Important than Happiness

For discussion, from the Atlantic Monthly
By putting aside our selfish interests to serve someone or something larger than ourselves — by devoting our lives to “giving” rather than “taking” — we are not only expressing our fundamental humanity, but are also acknowledging that that there is more to the good life than the pursuit of simple happiness.
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/

The American Church: Searching for a New Imprint (Sojourners)

“Churches tend to become generationally narrow — focused on a single generation that shares a certain moment of imprint, like grand hymns of the 1950s or contemporary Christian rock. Each generation hears its soundtrack, as it were, and relaxes. Going broader and deeper means accepting a fresh take as worthy: new songs, words, and images, new sorts and conditions of people….
Click here for full story by Fr. Tom Ehrich of NY.

New Prayer Request Site

pray-without-ceasing-400There is a new TNE “Sister Site” for daily prayer requests.  Please pass the word that all are welcome to post prayer requests here as a comment to each day’s devotion, and others will “Like” the comment as they pray for the intercession.

http://necommonprayer.org

or Facebook:  Nebraska Common Prayer
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nebraska-Common-Prayer/461306697310088