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In addition to role as a bishop, Rayford serves General Convention on the Church Pension Fund Committee.

PB Election

The Election of the 27th PB of our beloved church was extraordinary. The election took place on the first ballot, a first in recent history. There was a great spirit before, during and after the election. The House of Bishops spoke very strongly and decidedly about their will. I believe we knew what we wanted and ultimately who we wanted. Bishop Michael is an evangelist, who preaches Jesus’ love , acceptance, and acceptance of all God’s children. His Diocese of North Carolina is an example of his work of ministry. He is going to be very good for our church.

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Bishops sign testimonials
Bishops sign testimonials

Get up, girl! You’re not dead yet!

Our presiding bishop’s sermon, reflecting on the reading from Mark’s Gospel, was that of a woman about to be free. In four months, Katharine Jefferts Schori hands off the office of presiding bishop to Michael Curry and moves into a well-deserved retirement.

She spoke with a vigor I haven’t heard before – and I’ve heard some excellent sermons from her.

Sunday, she spoke very forcefully about the gospel lesson – the two healings by Jesus: one of a 12-year-old and one of the woman suffering from hemorrhage. In response to the healing of Jairus’ dead daughter, Bishop Katharine reminded me what may have been said was “Get up! You’re not dead!”  I translated that to mean, “Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, get up – you are not dead!  We need to get out there and be about what Christ has called us to do.”

Her words to the church were powerful words.  There has been enough of the finger pointing, finger wagging about our church from within and outside, and it is now time to look at life  as new territory and crossing old boundaries to do God’s ministry, just as Jesus did  in each of His healings.

“Get up, girl! You’re not dead yet!”

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Some images from worship on Sunday

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A glorious day

Saturday was a glorious day for the Episcopal Church. We, the House of Bishops and House of Deputies selected, with the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, the next Presiding Bishop of our beloved church. As you know, the Bishops elected on the first ballot-something unprecedented in recent history. I believe we have elected one who is a true evangelist, who shares his love of Jesus freely with all of God’s children. He has certainly done that in his Diocese of North Caroline. I have known Bishop Michael for a long time and am a big fan of his as a champion of the Gospel. I can’t wait for our Diocese to get to know him in a very personal way. Please continue pray for us as we continue to do the business of the church.

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PB Election

Up early to head over to a Church Pension Fund Committee meeting, worship then off to St. Mark’s to join with my sisters and brothers to elect the next PB of the Episcopal Church. Have been praying for the nominees, and I have confidence we will elect the person God will lead. Continue to pray for us…Had a wonderful dinner with the Northwest Deputation and our group from Fort Worth.

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