Women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande

"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone." (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

As women of the Diocese of the Rio Grande we work to live out this promise in retreat, fellowship, study, and ministry.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bishop Elect: the Rev. Canon Michael Hunn


The Rev. Canon Michael Buerkel Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, was elected the next bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande at the Electing Convention Saturday, May 5 at the Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
The slate of three candidates were Canon Hunn, the Rev. Canon Lucinda Ashby, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of Idaho, and the Rev. Simon Charles Justice, Rector of Church of the Good Samaritan, Corvallis, Oregon.
Canon Hunn was elected on the third ballot. Diocesan Constitution and Canons require a majority, determined by the total number of those eligible to vote, in Lay and Clergy orders on the same ballot. You can see the totals, by ballot, on the Diocesan website.
After the bishop-elect receives the canonically required consent of a majority of the Episcopal Church's diocesan standing committees and bishops with jurisdiction, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will ordain and consecrate the new bishop Nov. 3 in Albuquerque. Info about this, and other Transition events is available on the Transition Team website. 

In accepting the election, Canon Hunn expressed his thanks to Bishop Michael L. Vono, the current bishop for his leadership of the Diocese. "I feel a great sense of humility to be following you as God's servant in the Diocese of the Rio Grande.  I know you love your people and I want you to know I will love them faithfully and care for them with every capacity God gives me. I am also grateful to begin this ministry at this moment - when you have done so much to heal, reconcile and build trust over the course of your episcopate."
You can read more from Canon Hunn in the special edition of In the Loop.


Canon Michael & Meg Hunn at Santa Fe Walk About (photo by Jim Overton)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

April 29: Prayers for the week Leading up to Electing Convention

Pray individually and/or with your group during this week leading up to the Electing Convention, using these or other prayers. .
Sunday, April 29: Prayer for Seeking a New Bishop for The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande
Holy and Almighty God our Father, You have blessed us in the Diocese of the Rio Grande in manifold ways over the past years. You have strengthened us, united us, loved us, guided us.
We thank you, Lord.
Touch the hearts of able clergy men and women throughout the Episcopal Church so that they might hear your call upon their lives to do your work among us and with us and through us.
We entreat you, Lord.
Be with our Diocesan Bishop Search Committee that they will discern your will in choosing good candidates who will be elected by the diocese to be our future Bishop.
We entreat you, Lord.
Be with our Diocesan Transition Committee as they guide us in blending our lives and our ministries with that of our new Bishop in order that we move forward in our life together.
We entreat you, Lord.
Be with us all. Give us patience and trust as we seek a new shepherd for our diocese. Be with us, Lord, for the sake of your son, Jesus Christ.
Amen

Monday, April 30: For the Mission of the Church
Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
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Tuesday, May 1: For the Diocese
O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop Michael, the Candidates for Bishop: Lucinda, Michael, & Simon; and all diocesan clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, May 2: For the Unity of the Church
O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, May 3: For a Church Meeting
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in Albuquerque 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.

Friday, May 4: For a Church Convention
Almighty and everlasting Father, who has given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with the Spirit’s grace and presence, the clergy and the laity soon to be assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of the One who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Electing Convention, Saturday May 5: For the Election of a Bishop
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22: Missionary People in the Diocese of the Rio Grande (Pat Green)


But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)

As I have reflected on this scripture, I have pondered what it means to be a missionary people. When the Risen Lord appeared to the disciples in the upper room on the evening of the resurrection he said, “Peace is with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Jesus came to earth with a mission (a sending out) from his father. When he leaves earth, he gives his disciples power and authority to continue his mission (his sending out).

From the time of Acts onwards, this “sending out” or mission was delegated to the local church. The church of Antioch sent out the Apostle Paul and Barnabas to teach, preach and baptize. Every follower of Christ was to carry the mission of God into the world through every aspect of his or her life.

Jesus sends us into the world as the Father sent him. Our mission is modeled on his. Many of today’s churches have developed vision and mission statements. Here is a small sample: Knowing Christ and making Christ known; Living out our faith in Jesus through our actions in the world; Becoming a community and growing in intimacy with God; Called to share the Christian faith and by our lives proclaim God’s love. Every local church has some focal point to their ministry.

John Stott writes in his book Christian Mission in the Modern World: updated and expanded., that mission today is often depicted as either primarily evangelism or primarily social justice. Instead of choosing one or the other, mission can be understood as a partnership of both evangelism and social action. Local churches may embody one aspect more than another, but they stand together reaching out to a hurting world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Anglican Consultative Council developed the Five Marks of Mission between 1984 and 1990 which have been widely accepted among Anglicans.

·      To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

·      To teach, baptize and nurture new believers

·      To respond to human need by loving service

·      To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation

·      To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

I attended the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. We worshiped daily in the chapel where the cross was not suspended above the altar, but was instead visible through a window beyond the walls of the chapel. Every day we were reminded that the missional church does not just wait for people to come through its doors; the missional church goes out, sent into the world.

To be a missionary people means receiving the power of the Holy Spirit and then adopting or embracing a missionary lifestyle which includes the postures, thinking, behavior and practices of being sent into the world to reach others with the gospel.

Activities and Prayer for this Week

 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ (Acts 1:8)
 Jesus promises that we will be witnesses to God to the ends of the earth.
Discuss the points of interest to you, and your group.
Christians are called to be witnesses of Christ. How can the Diocese of the Rio Grande be a strong witness in the coming months and years?
Invite someone to join you at your church on Sunday.
Prayer: Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, always to your glory and the welfare of all your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Share: Comment on this post on the website (www.VarietiesOfGifts.blogspot.com) to share the results of your invitation to come to church, or suggestions of ways to invite someone to come to church. 


Monday, April 16, 2018

April 15: Identity of DRG (Robin Dodge+)

We are encouraged that there is a variety in the gifts of the Spirit and to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. The Diocese of the Rio Grande is a diverse diocese – rural, urban, rich, poor, young, old, Latino, Anglo, Native, gay, straight, evangelical, Anglo-Catholic, liberal, conservative, New Mexico, Texas – and, as a result, we are blessed by a variety of gifts which we are called to use for the common good in this diocese as led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

The diocese is not just some geographical administrative unit, and it’s not the bishop’s staff headquartered in Albuquerque, but it’s you and me and all the people that make up the Episcopal missions, parishes, and congregations in New Mexico and far west Texas. So to figure out the gifts of the diocese, we have to start by looking at what gifts we have for ministry. What gifts has God given you to share for the common good in this diocese? How is the Holy Spirit leading you to use those gifts for the building up of the Body of Christ in your own congregation or beyond? What gifts do you have to spread the love of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ to those outside the walls of our church buildings?
Our missions, parishes, and congregations are blessed by God with gifts for the common good and for the spread of God’s reign. Beginning with our individual gifts, we combine them with the gifts of our fellow sojourners on the Way of Christ in our local settings to make a difference in the lives of those we touch – to transform our lives, their lives, and the world for Jesus Christ. Some of our congregations have the gift to minister to the poor and the hungry and the homeless. Some of our congregations have the gift to serve and shelter those who are coming into our country for a better life and to reunite with family. Some of our congregations have the gift to reach out to the marginalized in our communities. Some of our congregations have the gift of providing glorious liturgies to transport worshipers in the beauty of holiness to the spot where heaven and earth meet. With this diversity in our diocese, we can rejoice in our unity as a diocese because “there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.”
During this week of the Walk-Abouts when the candidates for our next bishop travel the diocese to meet with the good folk who call themselves Episcopalians, to see various congregations, and to answer questions about their visions for the diocese, please pray about the varieties of gifts for ministry that you think a bishop should possess for building up the Body of Christ in this diocese. Please pray for the gifts you need to support our next bishop in spreading the love of God in this world that sorely needs it. Please pray for the gifts your congregation needs to support our next bishop in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. And attend, if possible, the Walk-About in Albuquerque on Monday, in El Paso on Wednesday, in Roswell on Thursday, or in Santa Fe on Friday. All begin at 6:00 p.m. Or check on the diocesan website for ways that you can view the question and answer sessions. Please keep the candidates for bishop, their families, and this wonderfully diverse diocese in your prayers.

Activities and Prayer for this Week

 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. (I Corinthians 12:4-11)
Each of us has important gifts to use in the ministries of the Diocese of the Rio Grande.
Discuss the points of interest to you, and your group.
Throughout this series, we have looked at ministries and individuals across the diocese that are important to the life of the diocese, whether because they are offering ministry, or needing to be ministered to.
List and pray for as many individuals as you know in the diocese.
Attend a Walk-about event in person or via the video links as provided by the Transition Team. (drgbishoptransition.org)
Prayer: God of all life, you give to you people many gifts. Let us use those gifts to spread your Love and Life in this diocese and beyond to your glory. For the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Share: Comment on this post on the website (www.VarietiesOfGifts.blogspot.com) to share the first names of some of those you are praying for.