Saturday, March 5, 2011

Do Not Be Afraid

Bishop Lamb and Bishop Talton both provided the homily for our seating of the new bishop - Bishop Talton.
Both bishops spoke eloquently but the piece that stood out this time - - to me -- was Bishop Talton and his statement "Do not be afraid."  The long nightmare is turning to the Son rising and the new day is dawning.  We are all being transfigured by the words, the actions, the plans and most important, the people of this diocese.  You must come and visit and see for yourselves.

One last note -- Were it not for the concerted efforts of Bishop Jerry Lamb this diocese would not be.  We owe a huge debt to Bishop Lamb and we can only repay it by thanking God every day for the grace and the goodness of this wonderful man. 

So -- we say goodbye and hello and hello and goodbye!

I Don't Know Why You Say Goodbye I Say Hello

The next phase of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin return to normalcy begins today.  We will say hello and thank you for coming to Provisional Bishop-elect Chet Talton and goodbye and godspeed to Provisional Bishop Jerry Lamb.  More about these two great bishops later in the day but for now please join me in saying thank you and thank you and blessings on you to Bishop Jerry.  He has done a magnificent job here in our diocese and we are very grateful.  Thanks to the Presiding Bishop, the Executive Council and the offices of the National Church for your support as well. 

Thanks be to God!