Saint Paul's Episcopal Church

Epistle

Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

Priest's Reflections


Dear Parish Family,
Each fall of the year the Diocese of Oklahoma holds an annual Diocesan Convention where the clergy of the Diocese and the elected lay representatives from the churches in the Diocese meet to do the business of the Episcopal Church in Oklahoma. The budget for the next year is presented for approval, policies and procedures are presented for approval, and various individuals are elected and appointed to various committees and councils to continue working throughout the year on church business and planning. It is an annual event.


The larger church of which we are a part, The Episcopal Church Of the USA also holds a convention to do the business of the larger church. It is held every three years and will be meeting in Austin, Texas from July 5-13, 2018. When it meets it is the largest legislative body in the world. The legislative body is divided into two separate bodies, The House of Bishops, and the House of Deputies which is comprised of both clergy and laypersons. It is indeed an awesome sight to behold. These are the bodies which set the policies and procedures which become the Canons of the Church. This year some very important issues will come before the Convention for discussion and decision.


I ask for your prayers for The Episcopal Church USA, for our Presiding Bishop, for all Bishops, and for all clergy and lay deputies who will have the responsibility of making decisions for our church.


Our Delegation is:
The Right Reverend Edward J Konieczny, The Rev. Everett Lees, The Rev. Kay Boman-Harvey, The Rev. Bill Carroll, The Rev. David Stock, Mrs. Kate Huston, Mr. Gary Derrick, Ms. Julia Harris, and Mr. Harry Baer.


Almighty and ever-living God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in the General Convention of the Episcopal Church USA for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. (p 818, BCP)


Blessings always,
Suzanne

 








 


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