One Mediator and Mediation

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  • 03 Nov, 2017

Join Me In Prayer

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. — 1 Timothy 2:5
 
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
I am so thankful for you and for this special week at St. Helena’s Reformation celebration, Evensong, Bazaar, Kingdom Kids, and All Saints’ Sunday. We have so many reasons to be grateful to God in this season.
 
On Monday the Diocese of South Carolina and the parishes including St. Helena’s will be involved in a non-binding mediation process set up by the Federal judge in our case. The breadth and depth of our dispute with the Episcopal Church is a good reason for caution about the potential positive results of mediation. However, I want to call for the constant, focused prayers of the faithful around this process. I believe that there is hope for mediation because of the One Mediator  Jesus Christ.
 
Let me tell you why:

  1. Gabriel exclaims to Mary in Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” It seems impossible that parties that have been at odds for so long could find a place of agreement through mediation. Our hope is not in the skill of our lawyers or the strength of our arguments; our hope is in Christ alone  the one Mediator.
  2. In James 5:16 we are told, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Our prayers have great power because they are mediated through the person and work of Jesus Christ. He sits at the right hand of the Father and pleads our case. When we pray in the name of Jesus, we pray with great power.
  3. Jesus teaches us in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” The premise of this teaching is that the Father loves to give good gifts to His children. How do we know this? What causes us to ask boldly? We know this because of the “good gift” of His Son Jesus  our Mediator and Advocate. So, we ask boldly and with confidence.  

Will you please join me in prayer for this mediation process especially on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday? Will you pray for our team  Bishop Mark Lawrence, Henrietta Goulding, and Alan Runyan? Will you pray for Judge Anderson, the mediator, and the team from the Episcopal Church?
 
I do not place much hope in mediation, but I have great hope in the One Mediator  Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
With hope,
Shay +

A Word from Shay

By proadAccountId-400629 08 Jan, 2018

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
2018 is off to a special start. What a treat to have a snow-filled 10th day of Christmas to begin this year! The Lowcountry is always beautiful, but there is something amazing about our fair town blanketed in white. I’ve included a couple of pictures around the church property that were especially beautiful on Wednesday. As we begin this year, my heart is drawn to the vision that is guiding us. What will it look like for us to begin the next stage of implementing the vision in 2018?
 
There are many questions to be answered in this new year. My hope is to begin on Jan. 7 at the Rector’s Forum discussing the vision and taking questions. Many of you were still not back from summer travel when we launched on Aug. 20, so I hope you will be able to attend. On Jan. 14, we will talk about the application of the vision and our plans for 2018. All of this will be leading up to the Annual Vision Meeting on Jan. 28 between the morning services. I am so excited to share with you all of the good news and exciting plans that are before us.
 
Our full vision statement reads: St. Helena’s will boldly proclaim the saving Gospel and Lordship of Jesus Christ, and through intentional discipleship, will raise up servant leaders and worshipping communities in Beaufort and beyond, seeing the Kingdom come.

As we consider how this statement applies to the wider Body, we can also apply it to our own lives. Two words you are going to hear repeated a lot over 2018 are “belong” and “serve.” These words are directly connected to the vision of raising up servant leaders (serve) and worshipping communities (belong). Where do you belong at St. Helena’s? Where do you find community and accountability and a place to grow? Where are you serving on a regular basis? How are you using the gifts and talents that God has given you to build the Kingdom? These are important ways that the vision applies to us individually.
 
Truly, 2018 is going to be a special year! You can tell by the way it has begun. Please pray for the church and the vision. Find a place to belong and serve in this new year. The best is yet to come!
 
Blessings,
Shay +
By proadAccountId-400629 22 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
What a year it has been! I am so ready to gather on Sunday and to celebrate again the birth of Jesus. There is truly great hope found in Him. Whether you are traveling or will be here in Beaufort, know that your staff and clergy at St. Helena’s wish you a joyous Christmas and blessed New Year!
 
Also, we want to thank you for your many kindnesses over this Advent Season. It seems as if daily more wonderful food and sweets appeared in the office for the staff. Cards and gifts continue to come to us. From all of us, thank you so much. We pray that the many ways you have blessed us in this year will return to you richly in God’s blessings.
 
Finally, the Gaillard family wishes to thank you for all of your love and support this year. We are truly blessed to be at St. Helena’s in this exciting season.
 
With great hope,
Shay+

By proadAccountId-400629 15 Dec, 2017

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 
We are so excited for our second Christmas with you at St. Helena’s. This year there are many opportunities to worship the newborn King during the 12 Day Feast of Christmas. I encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to one of our celebrations for truly there is room in the inn.

One new service that is part of our Vision to “raise up worshipping communities” is our 4 pm Christmas Eve service in the Parish Hall. This will be a family celebration that reflects the style of our 5 pm Sunday service. If your little ones are rambunctious or your neighbors have never been to church, invite them to this simple, yet profound, celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I cannot wait to see how God reveals Himself in the beauty and majesty of Christmas worship. We look forward to celebrating with you.

With expectant hope,
Shay+

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