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Hope Beyond New Year's Resolutions
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"At the heart of New Year's resolutions is a hope in our own resolve or our own capacity to make this better. And indeed, there are things we need to do to make efforts toward that. But in the end the Christian church has always understood that without God, without his action in our life, without the intervention of a holy God in our lives and in our world, we'll ultimately always fall flat." 

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Merry Christmas from Bishop Alex
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"Very often, we have a sense of God being very far away... not paying attention, perhaps, to our worries or cares or concerns. And this is truly the message that John speaks to us about Jesus in his first chapter: that the One, the Word who was with God in the beginning, who was God, has made his dwelling among us. This is the great joy that we recognize every Christmas." 

Bishop Alex invites us into his home during his annual staff Christmas party to encourage us with the hope of Christmas—that the living God came to us in Christ Jesus.

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Advent 3: In His Great Humility
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"Things are amiss, but when Jesus comes again in glory, all things become right, all things are set right in him. That's one of the great hopes of Advent—he is indeed the hope of the nations. He is the hope for peace. He is the hope for reconciliation. He is everything." 

In this third installment of our series on the Collect for Advent, Bishop Alex explores the contrast between Jesus coming "in great humility" and his coming again "in his glorious majesty."

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Advent 2: In Great Humility
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"We are not good at humility, but God is. In the incarnation, in the cross, in every way that he comes to us, he comes in humility... We remember in Advent the humility of God, the smallness of God. Even though he is glorious and huge, he makes himself small. And that is one of the great graces of his life, death, and resurrection. As we consider his humility, let us also ask for the grace for that humility to be formed in us." 

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Advent 1: Give Us Grace
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"As we take off that which is not of God, there is an invitation to the second act, the grace to put on the things of God, to put on the helmet of salvation, to put on the breastplate of righteousness. Those things go together—to cast off one is to put on another. If we drive out a demon and don't fill the gap with something else, seven more demons worse than the first come flooding in." 

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Thanksgiving Message from the Bishop
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"At the heart of Thanksgiving is ultimately redirecting our attention from that which is not, to the abundance of that which is. And particularly as Christians, that abundance flows to us today and always in the person and the life of Jesus." 

Happy (American) Thanksgiving, friends! Bishop Alex's Thanksgiving message counsels us on what to do when we struggle to be thankful and fixes our eyes on the eternal promise of God.

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What Happens at the End?
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"As we reflect on history and on the world today, we recognize that there are things that remain amiss, that are not set right. Historically, whenever there is war, then peace, there is war again. Nothing is ever perfect. Nothing is ever entirely resolved. But the gospel says this: that Jesus shall come again in glory and he shall judge... And his kingdom, the kingdom he establishes, will have no end. The great gospel of the end is that what is wrong will be made right, and will be made right eternally.

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Photo of Mike Juday and Tony Hermankevich
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Deo volente, the Rt. Rev. Alex Cameron will ordain the Rev. Michael Juday to the Sacred Order of Priests and Anthony Hermankevich to the Order of Deacons on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Church of the Ascension.

Your prayers and presence are requested.

Join the livestream here:

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What You Missed at Our 158th Convention
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"Convention reminded me in this beautiful way of what Jesus said, 'They will know you are my disciples if you love one another.' It was a glorious thing, evident in the gathering itself, in the worship that was part of that gathering, and in the interaction between the people at Convention—it was a real reminder to me of the grace of the Lord. The evidence of the grace of the Lord was in our midst. It was an incredibly encouraging day for me and for many other people." 

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We are not alone
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"We are surrounded by witnesses. We are upheld and reminded of the goodness of God by these great witnesses of the faith throughout the centuries. The feast day of All Saints matters because the church is established by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It matters because it is an incredible reminder that we are not alone. We are surrounded by the church throughout the world and throughout time. And it reminds us that people have walked this path before us, whose example we can follow."