JUNE 26, 2020
A shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them.
And I will look after my sheep. I will save them from all the places where they were scattered on a dark and cloudy day.
Ezekiel:34:12
Grace and Peace,
 
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. (Matt 7:15)
 
My plans for the day on Wednesday were quickly disrupted by a text from Mother Shivaun that announced my email had been compromised. Someone had decided that church websites, because we are generally trusting and kind, would be a good place to defraud well meaning people of their money. 
 
Creating an email that looked similar to my own email, and stealing an image of me from the website to further the masquerade, this wolf in sheep’s clothing started to contact parishioners with an “I am really busy and need your help” story. Ultimately this criminal was looking for eBay gift cards which are easily turned into cash. This is not a victimless crime. 
 
Even though no parishioners succumbed to the urge to assist the wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing me, my time was stolen, parishioners’ time was stolen, and a little bit of our faith in humanity was stolen. It would also be expected that any future email from the real me would likely face extra scrutiny before anyone would read or follow through with it; so perhaps a little bit of my own credibility was chipped away. 
 
This is also the situation for Christianity when we are found not being Christian. 
 
If we are not being Christian in all aspects of our lives what message does that convey? Being a saint on Sunday does not help the mantle of Christian if on Monday we are a sinner. God judges us on how we live our lives 24/7/365 birth to death. One day we will account for our lives as we stand before God.
 
Before that happens though, others will judge Christianity based upon how we, and other Christians, live our lives. Are we Christian through and through, or are we a wolf in sheep’s clothing? Are we Christian in name only? Are we Christian on Sunday, or Christmas and Easter only? Are we Christian when it is convenient or someone is watching?
 
The real test is are we Christian when no one is watching? 
 
I am very much in favor of the evangelism that you will find with Mother Shivaun, a “I am happy to talk with you about my faith” approach. I am also in favor of the evangelism that comes from our actions, the actions that occur when people are watching and when no one is watching, that will label us as Christian and will ultimately be an invitation to others to walk with us. This is not an either/or, it is a both/and; we all need both approaches to evangelism. 
 
Living a true Christian life, where our actions are constantly informed by the will of God, will draw others to God; and isn’t that what we are to do. 
 
God be with you until we meet again,
Fr. Henry+
 
PS: All emails have been removed from our website. If you need to contact anyone, please use the chat icon or Drop Us a Line button on the website. I will never, never, never, email you asking for eBay gift cards or money. 
Please be aware there is a fraudulent email trying to impersonate Fr. Henry.
The sender is Revmcqueenhenry@gmail dot com.
The spammer is using a photo of Fr. Henry (from the website in collar)
and is requesting gift cards for cancer patients.
This email is NOT from Fr. Henry. Please do NOT open or respond.
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Dear God

Thank you for all you reveal in your creation so that our lives may be fruitful. Reveal your wisdom and strength among people everywhere
so that death and destruction
do not have their way, but your will, your love, your mercy shall prevail.
Let us learn that power belongs
to you and not to men.

“I am the vine; you are the branches.
If you remain in me and I in you,
you will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing.  
If you do not remain in me,
you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches
are picked up, thrown into the fire
and burned.   If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.   This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."

May your will be done on earth
as in heaven.

In Jesus Name, Amen
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