From the Bishop

Trinity- Tide 2019


Dear Friends:

We have now entered into the longest season of the church year, that of Trinity. Many will be going on vacation, traveling to peaceful and fun spots.  As we travel we need to remember that our Lord is with us. He is there to guide us each day of our lives. He is with us during the good times and the bad, when we are home and away. He is next to us, waiting for us to ask Him for help. He waits for us to say Lord I cannot do this or that by myself, please guide me.

Also, Remember to thank Him for all He has already done in your life. If you are not sure how to pray there are many books available, but the 1928 Book of Common Prayer is a beautiful resource.  This prayer book contains scripturally based  prayers  that can be used to express how we feel about the gifts of our Lord.

The Collect for the Third Sunday after Trinity reads as follows:

“O Lord we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may, by thy mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

A simple prayer, but one that means so much in this world of woe, and in the time of our tribulation.

The section entitled “Family Prayers” contains the prayer “For Joy in God’s creation.”  it reads as follows:

“Our Heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty; open, we beseech thee, our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of Him by whom all things were made, Thy Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”

These are just two examples of the richness of devotion found in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. So when you feel the need for Christ to stand with you, and cannot find the words, look to the Book of Common Prayer for help.

God Bless.

+Rommie M. Starks

Bishop of the Midwest