Pastor Guy

Pastor Guy

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

I bring you greetings in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

We are moving through the great 50 days of Easter. May 30th was the celebration of the Ascension of Our Lord. The Ascension of Jesus is 40 days after his Resurrection. During these forty days, Jesus has let himself be seen so that his resurrection is witnessed. Now the task his Father has asked of him is complete. On the Ascension of Our Lord, Jesus returns to the Father to sit at his right hand. We are also reminded that “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.”

Ten days after the Ascension, on June 9th this year, we will celebrate the Day of Pentecost. On this day we remember the Holy Spirit is sent to us from heaven to be our comforter and our guide. Remember, Jesus promised he would not leave us alone. The coming of the Holy Spirit is documented in the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2 verses 1-21. This year that scriptural passage will be read in Malagasy, Portuguese, French, German, Russian and Spanish. In the speaking of many languages, we highlight that God’s gift of salvation is for all nations. We are reminded of Simeon’s statement, “for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.” I thank our readers of these various languages for helping to make this more visible within our worship service.

I bring to your attention the following dates and events. We ask for your prayers during our synod assembly, June 14th-15th. During this assembly guided by the Holy Spirit, we will elect a bishop. On June 16th we begin our summer schedule with one service starting at 9:30 am. On September 8th, our worship service times return to 8:30 am and 11:00 am. Please note that September 1st is the first Sunday of the month, but we are still in summer mode. Therefore, the start time for September 1 is 9:30 am. From June 24th to June 26th, I will be attending a Lutheran/ Episcopal retreat in Orkney Springs. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, a former professor of mine, is one of the presenters. May and June are also months of many graduations. Congratulations to all who have completed their course of study.

The peace of the Lord is always with you,

Fr. Michael B. Guy Sr. S.T.S.X.

This month, Pastor Guy shares a message from Pastor Andrew Lewis, Southeastern Synod, ELCA. See www.ELCA.org/sanctuary church for more articles concerning the churchwide assembly vote.

Dear friends in Christ,

In the middle of last week, the Churchwide Assembly voted to designate the ELCA a "sanctuary churchbody." Over the next several days, news organizations picked up the story; the coverage was mostly vague.

 I bring you greetings in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Rev. Leila M. Ortiz, Washington, D.C., was elected June 15 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly, held June 14-15 at the College Park (Md.) Marriot and Conference Center.
 
Ortiz was elected on the fifth ballot, with 150 votes. The Rev. Jeanette D. Leisk, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va., received 121 votes. The bishop-elect has served as assistant to the synod bishop for mobility and candidacy since 2016. She served as associate pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Md., from 2014 to 2016, and pastor-inresidence at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon, Va., from 2013 to 2014.
 
Ortiz received a Bachelor of Psychology from Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., in 2005 and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United) in 2009. She is currently a doctoral candidate at United. Wagner is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities, and United is one of seven ELCA seminaries.
 
Ortiz will be installed Oct. 12 at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. The Rev. Richard H. Graham has served as bishop since 2007 and will retire Aug. 31.