Friday Epistle for March 16, 2018

March 16th, 2018 by
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Snapshots of God’s Servants
 
 

 
“Democratic Republic of the Congo bishop warns
violence could spiral into genocide.”
This was the lead story in the ChurchTimes.co.uk. The Rt. Rev. Mugenyi William Bahemuka is the bishop.  Pray for him.  He is coming to Florida soon and then on to India with Canon Christopher.
 
“Where I am, so my servant is also…”
 
 
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“They left the Congo because of the killing…”  
       So began Fr. Gabriel’s homily for 8 year old Jephte Babakissa last Friday who was run down by a distracted driver in Conway.  His mother, next to the bongos is singing.  Earlier she was wailing at the open grave.
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People, reaching out, caring for one another, praying for one another.
       Sharing God’s love is why we gather.  We are His body.  We are His servants.  He is with us then.  Jesus’ first public sermon (John 3) was to the Jews about new life.  His last public sermon (John 12) is to the Greeks about life from death.
       Hellenism espoused the effort to realize the ideal human life consisting in enjoyment and escaping sacrifice, the fullness of personal life.  It’s all about me. On the other hand, Jesus’ teaching,  “The person who is in love with one’s own self ruins it, but the person who hates one’s this-worldly self preserves one’s true self thereby into deep, lasting Life.”  
 
“He who loves his life loses it…”
 
 
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The Rt. Rev. Peter Johs, bishop of the diocese of Malek
in South Sudan; 42,000 Anglicans; provincial secretary.
       He lives in a village with no running water or electricity and visits  his people via bicycle because to have a car would distance him too much from his poor and starving people.
Meet him here at New Covenant Good Friday.
 
“but if it dies it bears much fruit…”
 
 
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       Sometimes, from time to time, whether far away, as with the men above, or here at home in our local community, we get to linger with and rub elbows with God’s servants, even on Sundays!
Blessings to You All,

About this author:

Carl Buffington

Carl Buffington, Rector My ministry at New Covenant began in 1993. Barbara, my wife, and our 3 children moved here from Evergreen, CO, high and dry to low and wet, quite a change. I was brought up in the northeast, a suburb of New York, and Barbara grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. We met while I was attending The Philadelphia Divinity School in West Philadelphia where I received an M.Div. degree in 1972, and I was ordained a deacon and priest in the same year. I went to seminary directly from college. I earned an A.B. degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. For 5 years of my ministry I was a traveling evangelist, sharing the story of our Lord and his presence and power in a different church every weekend. What I have always loved about New Covenant is the blending of the charismatic, the evangelical, and the sacramental aspects of the Faith. And what still gets me up in the morning is seeing people change, seeing people encounter the living Lord. I just love to see hearts changed by the Holy Spirit. Education: BA from the College of William & Mary 1969 MA in Divinity from the Philadelphia Divinity School 1972 Ordination: Ordained in the Diocese of CT – Deacon and Priest 1972 Ordained and Consecrated a Bishop, Emissary to Boga Diocese, Democratic Republic of the Congo - 2015

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