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A Word From the Bishop

A WORD FROM THE BISHOP ABOUT TRANSITIONS IN URBAN MINISTRY
 
Dear brothers and sisters,
 
A number of clergy and laity in Jacksonville have been in active study and prayer concerning our mission to evangelize and grow the church, focusing particularly on our ministry in Jacksonville's urban core.  Over the course of nearly two years, church leaders from this area (St. John's Cathedral, St. Mary's, St. Phillip's, Church of the Good Shepherd and Church Without Walls) have been engaged as we have sought to discern God's will for our ministry to the city.
 
During this time, I have taken inspiration from the lyrics of the Chris Tomlin song "God of This City."
                                     You're the God of this city
                                     You're the king of these people 
                                     You're the lord of this nation
                                     You are
 
                                     You're the light in this darkness
                                     You're the hope to the hopeless
                                     You're the peace to the restless
                                     You are
 
                                     For greater things have yet to come
                                     And greater things are still to be done in this city
                                     Greater things have yet to come
                                     And greater things are still to be done in this city
 
As we have talked and as we have prayed, a vision has arisen for urban ministry that will unfold in concert with our new initiative on evangelism and growth.  The Rev. Beth Tjoflat will serve as Canon for Urban Ministry, leading a broadened and inclusive approach to urban ministry.  She will build on partnerships within the diocese and community as she continues to oversee our "church without walls" ministry. As we strive to enlarge our communities of worship and service, I feel that this ministry will be one of real and lasting significance.
 
Sue Carmichael, who has lovingly and passionately served as Lay Missionary at St. Mary's will step down from that position at the end of July.  After a sabbatical time for much deserved rest and discernment, Sue will return to us in December.  We look forward to collaborating with her and supporting her in her future ministries with a new ministry focus.  She will remain on our diocesan staff until her retirement, and I know that she will share her gifts with us in new and exciting ways.
 
In August, Beth Tjoflat will assume responsibility for the St. Mary's campus. In the meantime, Sue and Beth are working together closely to ensure a smooth transition. Beth will build on the St. Mary's legacy of service, developing that campus into a community resource grounded in Eucharist and prayer.  St. Mary's will serve as a place of intergenerational training and support for laity and clergy serving in the urban core.
 
On July 23, there will be a festive celebration of Sue Carmichael's 35 years of leadership and ministry at St. Mary's.  We hope that all of you will join us for this milestone celebration.  In the meanwhile, I ask that you join me in prayer for our changing urban ministry and for the cities and towns of our Diocese.
 
"Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
 
   
                                                                  Faithfully,
                                                                   
                                                                  The Rt. Rev. Samuel Johnson Howard

 



 

 
 

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