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 —
Let me tell you why:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.