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Continuing to be part of the great mission of God

Jun 24, 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Grace and peace to you in the Name of the Lord of the Church. I pray that this summer is providing restful, thoughtful time for all of you as it is for me.

Since our Synod Assembly at the end of May, I have been praying and thinking about its impact on our life together. I am grateful that the assembly renewed the call to me and, because I trust in the work of the Holy Spirit, I know that we have great days and years ahead. We are all claimed, gathered, and sent for such a time as this and will continue to be part of the great mission of God.

I will be meeting for private conversations with the other candidates for bishop. We have been able to arrange those times and I look forward to learning from each of them. They are all gifts to the church and to our synod so I anticipate insight and guidance on how we can proceed and address their visions and concerns.

A post-assembly survey has been sent to all of you and I hope that you will respond to it and give guidance for our work and witness.

Implementation of the strategic plan continues. The response to the various initiatives introduced at the assembly has been very strong and gratifying.

The newly-elected members of the Synod Council meet for orientation this afternoon. This evening the entire Synod Council meets for their first post-assembly gathering. I am grateful for the new members and for all who remain.

Our synod staff continues to be active in our assistance to you. I am grateful that they are all able to remain and continue their service.

Today is the day the church commemorates the Birth of John the Baptist. The biblical passage which stands out for me today is not the one appointed in the lectionary, but one from John 3. In that passage, John refers to Jesus with the declaration "He must increase; I must decrease." That is our goal, too, to keep "increasing" Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. I am grateful that you join in that mission.

Sincerely in Christ,

Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo



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