LILLIES IN BLOOM
ST. PETER’S CHURCH, CLARKSBORO
In This Issue:
From Bishop Stokes
Diocesan Offices Closed July 2-6
General Convention: The Second Time Around
Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings
Select Congregational Events
A LETTER FROM BISHOP STOKES:
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and
understanding, be present with those who take counsel
in Austin for the renewal and mission of your Church.
Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide
us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to
pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
This Monday, a sizable group of people from the Diocese of New Jersey will be flying to Austin, Texas for the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. That our General Convention will meet as this nation celebrates July 4th, Independence Day, seems appropriate. The Episcopal Church’s birth occurred at the same time as the birth of the United States.
The Episcopal Church is a direct offshoot of The Church of England. Members of the Church of England brought their religion and church with them when they came to the colonies. With Independence declared and the nascent country victorious in the Revolutionary War, it became necessary to reorganize what had been Church of England piety and practices into a distinctly American expression of the faith. Even as the Constitution for the United States was being drafted in Philadelphia in the period following the Revolutionary War, the Constitution and Canons of The Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States were being created in that very same city during that very same time. The democratic spirit of the place and of the times informed the constitution, canons and governing structure of The Episcopal Church.
The chief architect of The Episcopal Church was William White, Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, who, with Samuel Provoost of New York, became the second and third bishops of The Episcopal Church (Samuel Seabury of Connecticut was first). The Diocese of New Jersey was one of the founding dioceses of The Episcopal Church. Like the United States Congress, The Episcopal Church’s governing body – General Convention – is bicameral–that is, made up of two houses: the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. Each and every resolution that is brought before General Convention must be passed in both houses in exactly the same form in order to be a statement or resolution of The Episcopal Church. This indicates a highly shared governance between the clergy and the laity of the Church; one of the hallmarks of our polity.
Legislative Committee Hearings will begin in Austin on July 3. There will be a joint session of the two houses of General Convention (The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops) on July 4. The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will be called to Order for the first of fifteen formal legislative sessions on July 5th. General Convention will continue until adjournment Sine Die on the afternoon of Friday July 13. During that time, each house will consider several hundred resolutions that cover a wide range of topics from possible Prayer Book revision to changes in our Constitution and Canons. I have sponsored Resolution B005 on Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue.
The General Convention meets once every three years and is the governing body of our church which is made up of dioceses not only in all 50 states of the United States, but also of parts of Europe, Haiti, Taiwan, the Virgin Islands, Micronesia and parts of Central America. At the 2018 General Convention, the question of readmitting the Diocese of Cuba to The Episcopal Church will be considered. Cuba was separated from The Episcopal Church by action of the House of Bishops in 1968 because of the political difficulties between the United States and Cuba.
I hope that you will keep track of all that happens at General Convention in Austin. The Episcopal News Service (ENS) will offer thorough coverage; additionally, daily updates sent back to New Jersey from our diocesan family in Austin will be posted to the diocesan Facebook page. I also hope you will keep all those participating in General Convention, The Episcopal Church Women’s Triennial which will be meeting in Austin July 5 – 11, and all those who will be in Austin in your prayers.
Blessings and Happy Independence Day.
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
July 3-13, 2018:
79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas
DIOCESAN OFFICES CLOSED NEXT WEEK
GENERAL CONVENTION: MY SECOND TIME AROUND AND WHAT’S NEXT
By Thomas Szczerba, Seminarian studying at the General Theological Seminary
As a first time attendee of General Convention in 2015, the thought of witnessing the election of a new Presiding Bishop for the Episcopal Church was exciting. I had not yet done much research into the candidates, but Bishop Curry’s name was common in the discussions amongst our deputation in New Jersey. There was a strong sense that Bishop Curry was going to reorient the Episcopal Church through the espousing of the Jesus Movement into a place refocused on the teachings and spirit of Jesus. After hearing all of the presentations from the candidates for Presiding Bishop, once again Bishop Curry stood out amongst the rest. His presence was unlike any other, it was impossible not to feel love for this man. His first time walking into the Convention Center of Salt Lake City as the newly elected Bishop of the Episcopal Church was electrifying, I had only seen this type of excitement during a concert or professional sporting event. People were standing on chairs with their phones hoping to get a picture or video of this moment of history as the Episcopal Church elected the first African American to serve as Presiding Bishop.
Three years have gone by since this day occurred and I am still just as excited as I was in that moment. I am proud to call myself an Episcopalian, and that has a lot to do with Bishop Curry. As this year’s General Convention is upon us, the Episcopal Church will have significantly more eyes on us than usual because of the celebrity status that Bishop Curry has attained since his sermon at the Royal Wedding in May. There is tremendous pressure on the Episcopal Church to back up what our Presiding Bishop preaches. The legislation that will be passed and worked on during our General Convention must be guided by the teachings and spirit of Jesus. Our decisions must reflect this Jesus Movement. We must be mindful in the message that Curry preached at the Royal Wedding when he said, “There is power in love!”.
I remember waking up the morning of the wedding and opening up my twitter to read tweets praising the sermon. Tweets included sayings such as, “This makes me want to go to Church!”, or “I fell in love with the sermon. I wanted to hate it.” I was quick to comment on their posts saying, “That’s the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church!”. I personally can’t wait to keep those who showed interest in the sermon on social media up to date with what I am experiencing at Convention. Showing them that the Episcopal Church has many great leaders, and just maybe this General Convention will inspire people to go to Church, and align themselves with whatever branch of the Jesus Movement to which they feel called.
Look for more reflections on General Convention later in July!
DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING
Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events!
UPCOMING PRAISE AND WORSHIP EVENTS WITH MUSICAL PARTICIPATION
On Saturday, July 21, at 5 pm, we will gather at St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction, for a time of informal worship and song. All are welcome. No familiarity with the music is expected. Interested musicians may contact The Rev. Shawn Armington (email@example.com) if they wish to play.
On Sunday, July 29, at 5 pm, we will meet at “The Main Street Ministry Garage” in Maple Shade for worship and song, followed by a cook-out and fellowship. Please contact The Rev. Shawn Armington for directions. All are welcome. No familiarity with the music is expected. Interested musicians may contact The Rev. Shawn Armington (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they wish to play.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING: JULY 24, 26
The Prayer for Young Persons in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 829) begins, “God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world . . .” Many youth today cope with depression, anxiety, and addiction issues – even in our congregations. Death by suicide is a growing risk. It does not matter how healthy one’s family is or how involved one is at church. The biological component of mental illness means it knows no boundaries. This leaves us as adults who serve with teens feeling confused and powerless. Mental Health Training for Adults assisting Teens give us the information and skills we need to provide “mental CPR” when a problem arises and to know where to turn for help and other resources. We invite you to join us for this training at St. Peter’s, Freehold so that we can be better resources and beacons of hope for teens in our congregations and communities
UPCOMING SAFE CHURCH TRAININGS
August 11, 2018 – St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/safechurch08112018
September 8, 2018 – Christ Church, Toms River
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09082018
September 15, 2018 – Trinity, Moorestown CURRENTLY FULL; check back later for cancellations or other vacancies
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09152018
September 22, 2018 – Grace, Haddonfield
November 10, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Clementon
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/safechurch11102018
Are you 5-18 Years in Ministry? The VISION Program and Union Theological Seminary invites your application!
Thanks to generous funding from the Lilly Endowment, Union will launch its third cohort of the VISION program in the Fall of 2018.
The VISION program engages early/mid-career faith leaders (5 – 18 years in ministry) in a two-year collaborative program designed to support new ministries and build clergy relationships across denominations and religious traditions.
The VISION cohort meets monthly at Union in New York City during the academic term to collaborate and dialogue with civic leaders, academics and scholars, and other innovators from the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Each summer the group meets at a retreat to continue the conversation and work together. VISION fellows undertake a culminating congregational project supported by a cash grant from VISION and close collaboration with other fellows and mentors.
The deadline to apply is July 1, 2018. Visit https://utsnyc.edu/life/institutes/vision-program/ for more information and to apply online.
For more information, please contact VISION Director, The Rev. Jane Huber, PhD at: email@example.com
50th Anniversary of Ordination: The Rev. Cn. Terrence W. Rosheuvel
Canon Terrence W. Rosheuvel will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday, July 8, 2018. All are invited to join him and the congregation at St. James, Bradley Beach on that day for a Festive Celebration of the Eucharist at 9:00 a.m.
The guest Preacher will be Rev. Canon Leroy Lyons, retired Rector of St. Mark’s,Plainfield. Reception follows.
CHOIR ROBES TO CLAIM
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Wenonah has 20 maroon choir robes and collars which are no longer needed. The contact person is Margie McWilliams, 856-468-6664, if you have interest in these items.
MUSIC DIRECTOR WANTED
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a vibrant, program-sized parish in Westfield, New Jersey, seeking to grow in its spiritual vitality. We seek a Music Director to lead our music program consisting of an adult choir, two children’s choirs, and community concert series. The parish choir is comprised of 20 singers, mostly volunteers and up to 8 professionals. The choir sings Sundays at the 10 a.m. service and special services throughout the year. The choir is joined by chamber musicians at Christmas and Easter. With our Friends of Music program, we are known for our concerts throughout the year.
The ideal candidate will be a committed Christian, passionate about sacred music and its role in worship. The successful candidate will sustain our vibrant music program and be a strategic partner in developing and expanding our music ministry. A graduate degree in church music, organ performance, or a related area is preferred. The successful candidate will be devoted to and versed in traditional Anglican liturgy and music, yet be open to new musical expressions in liturgy. The successful candidate will be an exceptional church organist and choir director and have experience teaching children music.
St. Paul’s has a 2004 organ built by Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders, consisting of 4 manuals, 55 pipe ranks, and 114 digital voices.
Salaried compensation will be in accordance with AAM standards. Benefits available.
Applications will be received through 30 July 2018. Please send a resume or CV, audio files with examples of organ works performed and choral/orchestral works conducted, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal service mail to:
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Attn: The Reverend Dr. Duncan Johnston, Rector
414 Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State
We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in the Southern 2/3 of New Jersey.