It was our pleasure to welcome Bishop Berry Beisner to his church (St. George’s in Carmichael) yesterday.  Mel posted his sermon at St. George’s on our home page.  He talked about William Tyndale (as did I this last week) and our baptismal promises — among other things.

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Well, Bishop Beisner addressed our deanery clericus today.  And I think I know where we stand on blessings of same sex unions — which is in something of a transition.  In response to General Convention’s resolution, we now have a group of 10 people from around the diocese who are looking at services and possible guidelines.  There should be a service and guidelines available for diocesan clergy at our clergy retreat in February. (more…)

The following prayers come from the Online Aurora, which is our bishop’s newsletter to diocesan clergy.  It was put together by The Rev’d Canon Robert D. Edmunds, Chaplain to the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem and Canon Pastor for the Cathedral of St. George the Martyr in Jerusalem.  By the way, if you want to help relief efforts in Gaza, you can go to the website for Episcopal Relief and Development at  www.er-d.org .  The prayer follows: 

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With all that’s been happening these last couple of days in the Middle East, I want to share the following Christmas Letter from my bishop, Barry Beisner, of the Diocese of Northern California:

Dear Friends in Christ:

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