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Text of May 21 Emailing

May 27, 2011

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10)

Dear Sheep Belonging to the Good Shepherd:

Greetings in the Name of the One whom we have the joy of knowing as the way, the truth, and the life throughout eternity!

At Vestry on Tuesday, we authorized sending money to help the Anglican Church in Slave Lake, if it had been damaged or destroyed by the fire. I spoke with the Synod Office of the Diocese of Athabasca, and am happy to say that it is thought that St. Peter’s church building escaped the ravages of the fire. As we know, the same unfortunately cannot be said for many homes and public buildings in Slave Lake, many of whom, of course, belong to St. Peter’s Parishioners.

The Manitoba flood came home to me when Tom Kelly told me the other day that his farm is in the area that has been deliberately flooded. Tom shared how he spent his time on their recent Manitoba trip sandbagging his farm, and the farm of a neighbour.

We all wish to help people recover from these disasters any way that we can. Donations to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund that are marked “Manitoba Flood Relief” or “Alberta Fire Relief” will go to support all those who have been affected by these disasters.

In the face of the flooding in Manitoba and fires in our own Province, the National Bishop of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Susan Johnson, has offered the following prayer:

God of the Universe, you have created this world in which we live and have called it good. And yet at times the forces of nature seem out of control. We pray for all those who are affected by the flooding in Manitoba and the wildfires in Alberta. Help them, and us, to put our trust in your love and care. Motivate and equip those who are reaching out with hands and hearts to serve those in need. In our faithful prayers, in our generous response, help us to be a church In Mission for Others. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I know that all of us add to this prayer our own “Amen.”

God bless you all, always.

Your Brother in Jesus,

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