Sunday worship at General Convention never fails to renew my joy at being a Christian in the Episcopal Church. Some highlights:
- The long line of our bishops in procession, demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the church, as well as its ancient origin in the apostles.
Behind the cross, the first person in procession, ahead of all the bishops, is a lone mother carrying her child. No one can say that we are not a pro-family church.
The reading of 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 was assigned to a man with a strong stutter. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” His reading was met with a round of applause.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s sermon on the woman bleeding for twelve years, making parallel to a Mother church bleeding membership for twelve years. By reaching out in faith to touch the fringe of Jesus’ robe, his divine grace will make us rise and walk again.
Singing “I am the bread of life” with 1,000+ people, many of whom waved their arms in the air at the refrain: “I will raise them up, I will raise them up, I will raise them up on the last day.” This congregation is not God’s frozen-chosen!