“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.” 
-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
As the Rector of St. Mark’s, I know that many of you have already voted early or taken advantage of mail-in voting in our state. I’m thankful for the thoughtful and purposeful approach to exercising your civic duty that I know is at the heart of our congregation. On the eve of one of the most important elections in our nation’s history and with historic voter turnout reported in many states, I want to encourage each of you to make every effort to vote in this election. If you know of friends or neighbors who may need encouragement or a ride to the voting center, I ask you to do what you can to help them to claim their privilege and right to vote as an involved citizen in our democracy. 
 
I would also like to remind each of us to do all that we do, including voting in this election, with the words of Jesus on our minds and in our hearts and upon our lips:
 
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 25).
 
While each one of us are called to vote our conscience, we are all asked to do that in the service of love; love for God and for our neighbors. I say all of this with prayers for your safety and wellbeing during this time of anxiety in our nation and our world. 
 
May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with among you and remain with you always.

Amen. 

Fr. Christopher+
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