The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world.
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Pennies from Heaven
Each Sunday throughout the year we make small coin and cash contributions to be used to support various local charities. For 2018, we distributed $1,500 to the following local charities: H & H Pharmacy, Center for Independent Living, Lighthouse Ministries, Accomack Interfaith Crisis Council, Habitat for Humanity, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Worcester County YMCA.
2019 contributions through May 26 – $297.
— THE MINISTRY OF HEALING AT EMMANUEL —
The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world. It is in this tradition that we offer a Ministry of Healing here at Emmanuel, Jenkins Bridge.
The healing ministry is a part of our approach to worship and pastoral care and is a vital component of the strong and committed lay ministries that have been part of Emmanuel’s long and proud history. With every Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist we offer the opportunity for prayers and the laying on of hands in a Rite of Healing. The physical touch through the laying on of hands is a rich tradition in the Christian faith and transmits the power of the Holy Spirit to those who seek God’s grace in bringing healing and wholeness to their lives. The rite is administered by Lay Healers who are devout members of the parish especially commissioned for this ministry. These “healers” serve as a channel for God’s healing grace, and will pray with you and offer the laying on of hands.
You are welcome to receive a prayer and the laying on of hands in the name of Christ, for whatever reason. Perhaps you may have been ill and desire physical healing or you are facing an operation; you may feel anxious or depressed and come for healing of your mental distress; you may wish to offer Intercessions for someone else for whom you would like to pray; you may wish to come forward for spiritual deepening, of offering yourself to be more available to God; you may wish to come for a blessing or to offer thanksgiving for an occasion of joy in your life; or you may come simply to receive the touch of Christ through a Lay Healer. “Come unto me who, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:8).
PARTICIPATING IN THE RITE OF HEALING
If you wish to participate in the Rite of Healing, as you come forward to receive the Holy Communion, take a purple ribBon from the bowl in the Font close to the organ. Place the ribbon around your wrist and proceed to the Altar Rail. Following your receiving the bread (Christ’s body) and wine (Christ’s blood) from the Priest, a Lay Healer will stand before you and lay his/her hands upon you. Share quietly with the Lay Healer anything special needs to be prayed for. Feel free to say “no” when the Lay Healer asks if you have a special prayer. The Lay Healer will then offer a prayer asking God’s healing and blessing for you. (What you offer in prayer will remain absolutely confidential. The lay healer serves as a channel of God’s healing grace and what you pray for is turned over to God and God only.)
— COMMUNICATIONS —
From Bishop Jay – March 8, 2019
Lenten Message – Getting It Right
Lent began last Wednesday, and Sunday will be the first Sunday of the season. At this point in the 40-day journey many of us had ashes imposed upon our foreheads and heard the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Now we’re struggling with Lenten themes that range from what we will give up and sacrifice to enhance our spiritual discipline to the bracketed voting for “Lent Madness” to see which of our favorite saints will arrive at Holy Week and Easter wearing the proverbial “Golden Halo.”
For me my Lenten discipline actually began last Sunday on the Last Sunday of Epiphany. In the course of a congregational visitation I was with the wonderful folks at St. James’ Church, Portsmouth, Virginia. After the worship was over I engaged in a parish hall conversation with about 25 members of that congregation. What started out as a general Q&A dialogue quickly turned into something much more when we began to discuss the state of racial reconciliation in our world, our country, our state and in our diocese. God bless the people who make up this congregation! Gently, yet firmly they led me to the inescapable conclusion that when it comes to getting the races together, we have work to do. Their message to me was clear, and I heard it – to the point that it was “inwardly digested.”
My Lenten connection with that conversation began with my reflection upon the chief end of the season of Lent. As always I have understood it, the object of the season is, as is stated in the Book of Common Prayer (page 265) “…self-examination and repentance.” To me this means that during Lent I will spend time looking at myself in the mirror as a way of turning my life back toward God in hopes of getting in a right and good relationship with God.
During my years as a Navy chaplain I developed some very rich relationships with evangelical Christian clergy. On more than one occasion they could be heard telling me that they were both gladdened and surprised to discover that Episcopalian Christians have the season of Lent. They were surprised because as they observed our rather staid outward Anglican appearance they didn’t think that we would have the reflective impulses to get our lives, as they said it, “…right with God.” They learned that in and through Lent we do have those impulses.
For me Lent is about getting “right with God,” or “right with Jesus.” At St. James’ Church last Sunday, the members of the congregation taught me that I can’t be in a right relationship with Jesus when I am not right with my neighbor. As my evangelical friends and colleagues believe, so do I believe that if we want to be “right” with Jesus, then we must begin to work on being in a right relationship with our neighbors, particularly when the color of their skin and their country of origin differs from mine.
In Matthew’s gospel it is recorded that the Pharisees asked Jesus, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”(Matthew 22:36, NRSV) Jesus’ response was that first you should love God with all of your heart, soul and mind. Then the second commandment was that you should “…love your neighbor as your self.” (Matthew 37-38, NRSV) If Jesus was right, and I think he was, that leads me to put reconciliation with my neighbor right on the top of my Lenten list. What about you?
DIOCESAN ANNUAL COUNCIL REPORT
The 127th Annual Council of the Diocese of Southern Virginia convened in Williamsburg on Feb. 8 & 9, 2019. Much of the work of this year’s Council related to the search for a new bishop for Southern Virginia, and keynote speakers focused on changing ways of doing church.
Council affirmed the Standing Committee’s call of Bishop Jay Magness as Bishop Diocesan Pro Tempore, to serve until the consecration of a new bishop. Bishop Magness addressed Council and preached at the Council Eucharist. In his address, Bishop Magness shared many things for which Southern Virginia can be joyous and thankful. But he spoke of change, both here in Southern Virginia and the wider Church. While the message of Christ’s redeeming love stays the same, everything else is changing.
Keynote speakers at this year’s Council were Gannon Sims and the Rev. Bobbe Fitzhugh of Fresh Expressions. Sims’ presentation, “A Future for the Church”, and Fitzhugh’s “From Maintenance to Mission: Taking the Church Back to What Jesus Started” focused on ways for congregations to reach those who are not comfortable with or interested in traditional ways of doing church. Lively table discussion followed each presentation and there was excitement about the many possible “fresh expressions” in our congregations. Resources recommended by our keynote speakers included: From Steeple to Street by Travis Collins; Fresh Expressions of Church by Travis Collins; Dinner Church by Verlon Foster; Seven Practices of Church by David Fitch; and Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger.
The Nominating/Search and Transition Committees gave a report to Council that included presentation of the new Diocesan Profile and the timeline for the search process. Before the close of business on Friday evening, Bishop Hollerith and his wife, Lizzie, were welcomed into the chamber as Council honored Bishop Hollerith’s decade of ministry to Southern Virginia with speeches, gifts and champagne. After Council adjourned, the festivities continued at a reception.
Council passed the proposed 2019 diocesan budget and elected new members of the Standing Committee, Disciplinary Board and delegates to Provincial Synod.
- Standing Committee: Helen Sharpe-Williams (Grace, Norfolk) and the Rev. Cameron Randle (Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach)
- Disciplinary Board: Bob Motley (Ascension, Norfolk); the Rev. Charles Bauer (Hickory Neck, Toano); the Rev. Lauren McDonald (Bruton Parish, Williamsburg)
- Provincial Synod: Alice Webley (All Saints, Virginia Beach) and the Rev. Grant Stokes (Trinity, Portsmouth)
Four resolutions were considered by Council. Resolution CON-1 made language changes to portions of the Diocesan Constitution to make that language gender neutral. The resolution passed. Resolution R-1 was related to the election of the board of trustees of the Boys Home of Virginia and was passed. Resolution C-1, and the related Resolution C-2, was proposed by the Mission Share Task Force and offered a plan for congregational giving to diocesan ministry that adopted 10% tithe as the minimum standard. There was considerable debate on Resolution C-1, which was ultimately tabled. Resolution C-2 was withdrawn.
Emmanuel Donations of $804 sent to Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development invites you to pray for and support communities responding to a devastating and dangerous hurricane season. Hurricane Maria’s path over the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean has brought significant hardship to those already affected by Hurricane Irma. We are working with local Church partners to support their response to the hurricanes.
In addition, Episcopal Relief & Development continues to address urgent needs in communities — from Texas to Florida to Georgia — that have been impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.“We have been in regular contact with our partners in the affected areas,” said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Senior Vice President of Programs. “Even as we face enormous communication challenges in some areas, we know our church partners have a deep presence in their communities which allows them to quickly and effectively respond and care for people. We are supporting them in this critical work.”
Your contribution to the Hurricane Relief Fund helps ERD support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance for those affected by these unprecedented storms. We are grateful for your compassion and your partnership as, together, we heal a hurting world.
Interested to know how Episcopal Relief & Development is responding to the recent hurricanes? Go to episcopalrelief.org (more specifically go to http://www.episcopalrelief.org/press-and-resources/press-releases/2017-press-releases/hurricanes-2017-5)