"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.
Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."
The Gospel According To St. John Chapter 13, Verses 34 and 35
Fifth Edition of The New Oxford Annotated Bible New Revised Standard Version
"The God behind you is bigger than any problem before you."
Bishop Barbara Clementine Harris (1930 - 2020)
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Today, we are reading Numbers Chapter 32, Verse 34 through Chapter 35, Verse 23 (Numbers 32:34 - 35:23).
Today, we are reading Numbers Chapter 35, Verse 24 through Deuteronomy Chapter 2, Verse 18 (Numbers 35:24 - Deuteronomy 2:18).
We've completed a reading of Numbers in 14 days.
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 2, Verse 19 through Chapter 4, Verse 41 (Deuteronomy 2:19 - 4:41).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 4, Verse 42 through Chapter 7, Verse 26 (Deuteronomy 4:42 - 7:26).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 8, Verse 1 through Chapter 11, Verse 18 (Deuteronomy 8:1 - 11:18).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 11, Verse 19 through Chapter 14, Verse 27 (Deuteronomy 11:19 - 14:27).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 14, Verse 28 through Chapter 18, Verse 19 (Deuteronomy 14:28 - 18:19).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 18, Verses 20 through Chapter 22, Verse 21 (Deuteronomy 18:20 - 22:21).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 22, Verse 22 through Chapter 26, Verse 13 (Deuteronomy 22:22 - 26:13).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 26, Verse 14 through Chapter 28, Verse 61 (Deuteronomy 26:14 - 28:61).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 28, Verse 62 through Chapter 31, Versse 27 (Deuteronomy 28:62 - 31:27).
Today, we are reading Deuteronomy Chapter 31, Verse 28 through The Book Of Joshua Chapter 1, Verse 2 (Deuteronomy 31:28 - Joshua 1:2).
We've completed a reading of Deuteronomy in 11 days.
Today, we are reading The Book Of Joshua Chapter 1, Verse 3 through Chapter 5, Verse 2 (Joshua 1:3 - 5:2).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Joshua Chapter 5, Verse 3 through Chapter 8, Verse 12 (Joshua 5:3 - 8:12).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Joshua Chapter 8, Verse 13 through Chapter 10, Verse 31 (Joshua 8:13 - 10:31).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Joshua Chapter 10, Verse 32 through Chapter 14, Verse 1 (Joshua 10:32 - 14:1).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Joshua Chapter 14, Verse 2 through Chapter 17, Verse 16 (Joshua 14:2 - 17:16).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Joshua Chapter 17, Verse 17 through Chapter 21, Verse 8 (Joshua 17:17 - 21:8).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Joshua Chapter 21, Verse 9 through Chapter 23, Verse 15 (Joshua 21:9 - 23:15).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Joshua Chapter 23, Verse 16 through The Book Of Judges Chapter 2, Verse 16 (Joshua 23:16 - Judges 2:16).
We've completed a reading of The Book Of Joshua in 9 days.
Today, we are reading The Book Of Judges Chapter 2, Verse 17 through Chapter 5, Verse 28 (Judges 2:17 - 5:28).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Judges Chapter 5, Verse 29 through Chapter 8, Verse 10 (Judges 5:29 - 8:10).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Judges Chapter 8, Verse 11 through Chapter 10, Verse 7 (Judges 8:11 - 10:7).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Judges Chapter 10, Verse 8 through Chapter 13, Verse 19 (Judges 10:8 - 13:19).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Judges Chapter 13, Verse 20 through Chapter 17, Verse 3 (Judges 13:20 - 17:3).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Judges Chapter 17, Verse 4 through Chapter 20, Verse 9 (Judges 17:4 - 20:9).
Today, we are reading The Book Of Judges Chapter 20, Verse 10 through The Book Of Ruth Chapter 1, Verse 21 (Judges 20:10 - Ruth 1:21).
We've completed a reading of The Book Of Judges in 8 days.
Today, we are reading The Book Of Ruth Chapter 1, Verse 22 through The First Book Of Samuel Chapter 1, Verse 20 (Ruth 1:22 -
I Samuel 1:20).
We've completed a reading Of The Book Of Ruth in 2 days.
Today, we are reading The First Book Of Sameul Chapter 1, Verse 21 through Chapter 5, Verse 3 (I Samuel 1:21 - 5:3).
Cross: In the Name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Invitatory Bead: Lord, show us your mercy, raise our minds to heaven, keep us from all evil, give the departed eternal rest. Drive plague, famine, and war from all nations and bestow on all nations the gift of peace.
Cruciform Beads: Oh God of light, from whom every good gift comes, send your Spirit into our lives and by the flame of your wisdom open the horizons of our minds, loosen our tongues to sing your praise in words and to go beyond speech to praise you in the silence deep within our hearts.
The Weeks: Reflect on each scripture passage with these words at each bead as indicated:
1. I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
2. I am the Gate (John 10:9)
3. I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:14)
4. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)
5. I am the True Vine (John 15:1)
6. On the Road To Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
7. Spend a minute or so in an attitude of silence.
(Last time through:)
Invitatory Bead: The Lord's Prayer
Cross: I bless and praise you, Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.
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Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.
We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.
We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowlege our dependence on you alone.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.
Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
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The shield and its corresponding Episcopal Church flag were officially adopted by the General Convention of 1940 and are rich in symbolism. The shield is usually presented in red, white, and blue. The red cross on a white field is an ancient Christian symbol, white representing the purity of Jesus and red representing his sacrifice on the cross and the blood of Christian martyrs. The red cross is also known as the cross of St. George, patron saint of England, and indicates the Episcopal Church's descent from the Church of England. The blue field in the upper left is the color traditionally associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary and is symbolic of Jesus' human nature, which he received from his mother. The X-shaped cross is the cross of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, and recalls the Episcopal Church's indebtedness to the Scottish Episcopal Church for the consecration of its first bishop, Samuel Seabury, as Bishop of Connecticut in 1784. The St. Andrew's cross is made up of nine smaller cross-crosslets that represent the nine original American dioceses which met in Philadelphia in 1789 to adopt the constitution of the Episcopal Church. They are: Connecticut (established 1783), Maryland (1783), Massachusetts (1784), Pennsylvania (1784), New Jersey (1785), New York (1785), South Carolina (1785), Virginia (1785), and Delaware (1786).
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The Episcopal Church has congregations in the United States and in seventeen other countries. Those countries are: Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Taiwan, Venezuela, Virgin Islands.
In 2021, The Episcopal Church had 1,520,388 active, baptized members and 6,294 parishes and missions in the United States.