There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free,
there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28

Dear Parish Family,

All Saints' hearts are broken and profoundly troubled by the death of Mr. George Floyd – as we also are and should be for every death or injury ever caused by disregard or hate. We pray in love for the Floyd family and for all people grieved, oppressed or diminished beneath their magnificent status as children of God. We are all made in His image, and when any of us harm another, we attack God Himself.

We are called to do more than pray, though nothing can be done unless we pray. As Kingdom people of a Kingdom Church, we are given a treasure of wisdom, love, and grace to bring to the world. The problem at hand is at its foundation not cultural, social, or political, but spiritual. Things are not on Earth as they are in Heaven. The values and ways of the Kingdom are set aside and the predictable results are what we see.

The scriptures bountifully require us to love as Jesus loved us and to treat one another preciously, not merely equally. When hearts and souls are brought into alignment with God, all things are possible. One cannot use worldly tools to do spiritual work, yet even churches swirl political, social, and cultural ideologies with God’s Kingdom theology, diluting the power of the Holy Spirit among us.

Last night, I could not rest until I spoke my heart informally in the video that follows. The message leads to a possible starting point for All Saints. First self-examining, and then exploring in the Spirit what we might do in a Kingdom context. How we must act as the Body of Christ. Please watch the video and let me know what God is speaking to your heart. If we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit amazing things of Heaven will appear.

In Christ,
Ed Kelaher, Rector
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
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