#GC78 Resurrection Report: June 26, 2015

Day 2 of the legislative sessions began with a bang, as the news from the Supreme Court about marriage equality started filtering into Salt Lake City in the early morning hours. I received many reports of spontaneous applause, song, and even tears throughout the Salt Palace as legislative sessions turned into spontaneous celebrations. Deputy Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale took this video of the pre-Eucharist exuberance.

The Rev. Scott Gunn captured this photo in Salt Lake City.
The Rev. Scott Gunn captured this photo in Salt Lake City.

 

The other item that received multiple nominations for resurrection is the Theodicy Jazz Collective, the musicians featured in the above YouTube video and in our daily worship today. The TJC is “committed to making justice real through the creative, spiritual work of making music in community.” You can find their music on iTunes or at theodicyjazz.com.


 

Your random fact about Salt Lake City: If you leave the Hilton heading for the Hotel Monaco, and you get lost in a deserted alley, you might encounter this street art and deem the experience worth it.

Photo credit Holli Rickman Powell.
Photo credit Holli Rickman Powell.

 

Anyone interested in a prayer walk through the halls of General Convention should meet in the back of the House of Deputies hall at 1:00 pm local time on Saturday, June 27.


 

As part of the Acts 8 Moment prayer gathering on June 25, the group invited attendees to share their resurrection stories on video. Here is Andrea McKellar of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, sharing hers.


And finally, a group of musicians from Texas began playing music outside the exhibit hall this afternoon. It was a wonderful backdrop to an already wonderful day. Enjoy.

Before closing, tomorrow is the big day–the election of the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Please take a quiet moment and join me in prayer:

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Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose and confirm a Presiding Bishop for this church, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

#GC78 Resurrection Report: June 25, 2015

First full day of legislative sessions, but who needs legislation when you’ve got resurrection? Let’s get to it.


 

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“A sign of resurrection in a Salt Lake City pedestrian crossing.” Shared on our Facebook page by Beth Marquart.

Overheard: “At the PB&F hearing, a student from Voorhees College (a historically black college affiliated with the Episcopal Church) stood up and spoke about how his life had been changed because of Voorhees. It was one of the most moving pieces of testimony I’ve ever heard.”


 

There is literally nothing that could have delighted me more than seeing a nun in habit working the virtual binder tech desk.
There is literally nothing that could have delighted me more than seeing a nun in habit working the virtual binder tech desk.

Submitted from Grace Burton-Edwards: “The Acts 8 Moment has challenged us to look for signs of Resurrection at General Convention. I saw one today – over lunch in the Exhibit Hall.” Read more here.


 

Resurrection on Twitter:

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And the Rev. Megan Castellan tweeted us to report that one of her young adults leapt up to help direct Eucharist traffic in today’s worship service.

 

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Your random daily fact about Salt Lake City: Just down the road, in Park City, Utah, is the world’s only distillery that has a ski-in/ski-out bar. (No word on whether there are other ski-in/ski-out bars that don’t make their own products.)


 

The House of Deputies sent the Official Youth Presence and all deputies born in the 1990s to deliver the ceremonial report to the House of Bishops today. (Photo by Sierra Wilkinson Reyes)

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And finally, a statue depicting Jesus as a homeless person sleeping on a park bench made its appearance in the Exhibit Hall today. The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society hosted its exhibition, as well as giving away 300 small replicas of the statue. To learn more about the statue’s history, read this NPR article.

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That’s it for this resurrection report. Where have you seen signs of new life at General Convention? Send us an email at GCreporting@acts8moment.org.

 

 

 

#GC78 Resurrection Report: June 25, 2015

Greetings from Salt Lake City! Today was the first official day of General Convention’s legislative activity, but your Roving Resurrection Reporters bravely took a break from practicing tapping the home button on their iPads to bring you all the news that’s fit to post on a blog.

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Opening this morning’s orientation session, The Rev. Lester MacKenzie, chaplain of the House of Deputies, prayed that the deputies successfully manage to deal with their gadgets during this year’s mostly paperless convention. The house stifled laughter while attempting to retain some semblance of reverence.

Describing the origin of that prayer, MacKenzie said, “I got onto the platform…and I was aware of the context of what we were moving toward…new technology, newness. How do you bring that all together in prayer creatively, honestly, truthfully, so that we can affirm patience. Because anxiety is already high. And how do you lessen anxiety? Through laughter.”

Reflecting more broadly on his ministry at the convention, MacKenzie said, “As chaplain I’m hoping that over these next days of our work together, that I’m able to help us remember that we are here for Jesus, here for mission. We are here to do the business of the church, but with getting lost in what my grandfather used to call ‘churchianity’.”

Hear The Collect Call podcast’s complete interview with MacKenzie, including a discussion of how his upbringing in South Africa influences his views on how the church in America might act on race relations, in an episode to be released on Friday.


Overheard: “I was greatly inspired–and excited–by listening to the discussion in the Evangelism Committee hearing about resolution D019.” (You can read more about resolution D019, Conducting an Online Digital Evangelism Test, here.)


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Grumpy Episcopal Cat has been spotted all over the Salt Palace, but be careful if you spot him in the wild, lest you get led into a fascinating discussion about the merits of communion wafers made from tuna. You can follow Grumpy Episcopal Cat’s adventures on Facebook.


 

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Two of our favorite Episcopal communications groups colliding–The Rev. Jimmy Abbott and the Rev. Christine Faulstich of Episcopal Herald chatting with The Rev. Scott Gunn of Forward Movement. Don’t forget to follow Forward Movement’s #JesusatGC campaign on social media!


 

Your daily random fact about Salt Lake City: The Great Salt Lake is larger than the state of Delaware.


And I close with my favorite resurrection report of the day:

Speaking at the presentation of the candidates for Presiding Bishop, Dabney Smith was asked, “How does the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth figure into your vision of the future of the church?”

“Oh my God, thank you,” Bishop Smith answered, before delivering an answer that left many wiping their eyes.

You really can’t do any better than watching his response yourself – start the video at 1:20:45.


 

Send your photos, anecdotes, and questions to the Resurrection Report! Email GCreporting@acts8moment.org.

Resurrection Reporting

Live from the land of the Great Salt Lake, it’s the Daily Resurrection Report! Each day of General Convention the roving reporters of the Acts 8 Moment will be finding little signs of new life throughout the Salt Palace and bringing them to the wider Church. And we need your help!

If you’re at General Convention:

  • Take note of signs of resurrection. A beautiful photo? A key resolution passed? An impromptu song? Pass them on to be included in our Daily Resurrection Report! We reporters are many, but we can’t be everywhere. Email blurbs, links, photos, or whatever else invigorated your spirit to GCreporting@acts8moment.org. (Please include in your email if you’d like to be attributed or anonymous, and if you’d like us to share links to your blog/Twitter/Instagram.)
  • Tell your friends! Ask your deputation, your bishops, your coworkers, or whoever you’re spending your days with to do the same.
  • Come to our Acts 8 in-person prayer gathering–Thursday, June 25, at 9:15 pm, in the Alpine East Room of the Hilton Salt Lake.

If you’re at home:

  • Subscribe to our Daily Resurrection Reports by visiting acts8moment.org and entering your email address in the “Resurrection In Your Inbox” section on the right side of the page. Note: Your email address will never be used for anything other than relevant Acts 8 Moment news.
  • Hear something great from someone in Utah? You don’t have to be at General Convention to submit a story to the report. Or ask them to submit it!

No matter where you are:

  • Share our reports on social media! The more eyes that get on our resurrection reports, the better.
  • Pray for our church! In whatever time zone, take a moment at 5:08 pm and pray for the gathering of God’s believers.
  • If you would like to support us financially, you may donate to our ongoing work at acts8moment.org. Your donations help fund our storytelling efforts.

–Holli Powell, Chief Resurrection Reporter

The Collect Call: For Maundy Thursday

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The Maundy Thursday prayer? Well, it’s pretty straightforward. But we’ve got a lot more to say about the aspects of this day that make the Orthodox name for the day, “Thursday of Mysteries,” seem pretty appropriate.

This is the first of our three special episodes about the collects for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, in addition to our regularly scheduled Palm Sunday and Easter shows. Stay tuned to iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Today’s Prayer

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(page 221 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org)

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This Week’s Links

Audio Anglican Rosary

Donate: Episcopal Migration Ministries

Donate: the Dayspring Center

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Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Anglican Rosary Prayers for Holy Week

Back by popular* demand, we are reposting our Anglican rosary prayer resources for Holy Week. These prayers begin on Palm Sunday and cover each day until Easter Sunday. For a written version of the prayers, click here.

To pray along with our 3-5 minute long recordings for each day, follow the links below:

Palm Sunday

Monday in Holy Week

Tuesday in Holy Week

Wednesday in Holy Week

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday

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The Collect Call: For the Fifth Sunday in Lent

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If the people who wrote this prayer 1400 years ago were worried about the “swift and varied changes” of their world, what would they think of ours?

 

This Week’s Prayer

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

(page 219 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org)

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Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

 

The Collect Call: For the Last Sunday After Epiphany

Mirrors weren’t that great a way to see what you looked like on the way out of the house in St. Paul’s day. Plus, Brendan and Holli both learn they’re old since they know basically nothing about One Direction.

The Collect Call unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

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This Week’s Prayer

(page 216 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

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Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

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The Collect Call: For the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Inspired by Valentine’s Day card’s featuring WWE wrestlers, Brendan and Holli start off going on the attack on this prayer’s treatment of sin, then decide it’s pretty good after all. Featuring our first ever listener feedback segment!

The Collect Call unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

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This Week’s Prayer

(page 2165 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

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The Collect Call: For the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

After Adventures in Cruising: Norovirus Edition!, Brendan & Holli move on to discuss the peace of God in worship and grief. Also, Holli punks Brendan on what she really thinks about shaking hands in church.

The Collect Call unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

On Soundcloud:

The Collect Call is proud to be associated with the Via Media Collective! Come follow the Collective on Twitter and on Facebook.

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

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@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 215 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.