I Love The Episcopal Church

Amy and I are in Heathrow Airport awaiting our plane to Washington, DC.  It will be our first time back in the States in over a year.  I’m feeling groggy from the overnight flight from Johannesburg. I am also feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for so many people and places and experiences during this past year.  I hope to share many of them in the weeks to come. But right now, as we plan to fly home, I am feeling particularly grateful for my church.

I love the Episcopal Church.  I love the people, I love our liturgy, I love our leadership. Michael Curry is an extraordinary leader and I am so grateful for his ministry as our Presiding Bishop. I love our 1979 Book of Common Prayer and its simple and stunning clarity about the centrality of the ministry of all the baptized and the eucharist in the life of the church. I love the people, who are eager and open and earnest. We may not always get things right, but the hearts of people in The Episcopal Church are usually in the right place. I love the welcome The Episcopal Church offers to all people. “There will be no outcasts” (Edmond Browning).

I am so grateful to have served as partners in mission with the Anglican Church of Southern Africa this past year. And I love that The Episcopal Church would send us to work in partnership with our Anglican brothers and sisters because that is simply what we do.  So a special thank you to Chuck Robertson, David Copley, Elizabeth Boe, Yanick Fourcand, and all the people in the Global Mission Office of The Episcopal Church who made it possible for us to serve at COT.  You make us proud to be Episcopalian.  We love you and we love the Episcopal Church.

 

12 thoughts on “I Love The Episcopal Church

  1. I must say you write very well and I agree with all you have said about the Episcopal Church. Thank you and Amy for your mission work spreading the Lord’s words.

    Godspeed Peter

    On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 9:14 AM Amy and Joe Go to Africa wrote:

    > Joe Pagano posted: “Amy and I are in Heathrow Airport awaiting our plane > to Washington, DC. It will be our first time back in the States in over a > year. I’m feeling groggy from the overnight flight from Johannesburg. I am > also feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for so many” >

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  2. Thank you, Joe. It is good to know that the institution gets it solidly right much of the time. It is also very good that you and Amy express gratitude to the institution when it does get it right. Those, like me, who have been heard to grumble when it does not need to take notice. For today, thanks be to God for the Diocese of Rio Grande, and its work with asylum seekers.

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  3. Joe. I love this. I share totally your thoughts,Jim and I love the Episcopal church for all of the same reasons . Dearest love and continued prayers as you rest and await the next step. We long to see you and Amy! Love and joy in Jesus as you land in the U SA. We long to see you.

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  4. What’s next for you guys, we have boats and kayaks and a room for a visit. Bruce and Eleanor

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  5. Amy and Joe, Love, love, love, this! We agree! Thank you Joe. Does this mean you all are finished in South Africa? I would have thought they would have hung on to you guys a little longer! I bet they tried! 😂 Wishing you both all the best that the future has to offer.

    xoxmolly

    On Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 9:14 AM Amy and Joe Go to Africa wrote:

    > Joe Pagano posted: “Amy and I are in Heathrow Airport awaiting our plane > to Washington, DC. It will be our first time back in the States in over a > year. I’m feeling groggy from the overnight flight from Johannesburg. I am > also feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for so many” >

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    1. Hi Molly! so nice of you! No–we just have a little break before going back for year #2. We need to get new visas and we get time to visit with family. Hope you and Peter are doing well, loving summer (and life). We miss you! Please keep all those good wishes coming! Love, Amy

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