Last week, St. Martin of Tours' Anglican Church in Fresno lost their church buildings to a fire. On Sunday, Bishop Eric and the clergy and laity of neighboring churches came together for a Eucharist asking God to work and support the people of St. Martin's at this time. Please join us in keeping them in prayer.
O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This past Sunday, Fr. Steve Braun was ordained a priest at Trinity Anglican Church in Bakersfield. Video from Fr. Steve's ordination can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TrinityAnglicanBakersfield/ . Please keep Fr. Steve and his family in prayer as he begins his ministry as a priest!
Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Diocese of San Joaquin,
I am extending a diocesan wide call to prayer. The Creek fire is raging in the Sierra National Forest and burning rapidly toward Oakhurst to the northwest, Clovis to the west and Sanger to the southwest. Thousands are under mandatory evacuations. Evacuation centers are now set up in Oakhurst and Clovis. Hundreds of firefighters are on the fire lines with more coming in though resources are stretched very thin with so many fires burning in California.
Let us pray:
Congratulations to the Diocese of San Joaquin’s own Dr. Bill Atwood for being elected a member of our national church’s Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is a group that meets each month to prepare the national church’s budget and oversee the administration of the church between meetings of the Provincial Council, so a little like a vestry for the national church.