St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church
A community of real people, rooted in the common journey of following Jesus’ way of love,
seeking to live out a relevant faith that meaningfully connects with our lives, and the lives of others.
Bishop Michael Curry from North Carolina
Elected 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
A statement from our Bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri, Bishop Marty Shields:
On behalf of the Diocese of West Missouri, I am pleased to congratulate The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry who has been elected the next Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church.
Bishop Curry is currently the Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of North Carolina. His historic, first-ballot election was greeted in the House of Bishops with great joy, more than a few tears, a 10-minute standing ovation, a spontaneous rendition of the Doxology, a formal announcement by our current Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, and then another long, long standing ovation. His confirmation by the House of Deputies, which was conveyed formally to the House of Bishops shortly after a deputation from the House of Bishops informed the Deputies of the election, and again met with sustained applause and shouts of joy.
Bishop Curry is the first Bishop of African descent to be elected Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, and a brief search through my memory (but not history books) makes me believe this is the first ever, first ballot, election. I am thrilled that Bishop Curry, whom I admire as a friend and colleague, has thus been called to our Church's highest Episcopal Office. Additionally, I want to express my extreme gratitude to The Most Rev. Jefferts Schori for her nine years of steady and gracious leadership.
I ask you to join me in constant prayer for our new Presiding Bishop & Primate and in prayers of thanksgiving for the ministry of our current Primate.
The new "P.B." will be seated in his official cathedra at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC on the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 2015.
Peace be with you,
Click here for a brief background of the Presiding Bishop-Elect
Click here to see a video of the Presiding Bishop-Elect, Michael Curry, as he preaches at the General Convention Closing Eucharist. The text of his sermon is included on the web page. His sermon is entitled, "GO! We are the Jesus Movement," and is a stirring, dynamic call to service. Well worth viewing!
SMM Backsnack program featured in the June issue
of the Spirit, a publication of the Diocese of West Missouri
Click here for an Adobe Reader copy of the story, "How to Change 125 Lives"
Worship service greetings and announcements
To improve the flow of our services, greetings and announcements will be made at the beginning of each service, rather than between the Peace and the beginning of the Eucharist. Some feel announcements just prior to the Eucharist tend to interrupt or impede the solemnity we should observe as we begin the sacraments.
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One encyclopedia’s definition of Pastoral Care is: “Pastoral care is a term applied where Christians offer help and caring to others in their church or wider community. Pastoral care can be listening, supporting, encouraging and befriending.”
Too often we think of pastoral care as just visiting the home bound or the ill and infirm. We regularly visit folks in nursing facilities, in hospitals or in their homes. We sometimes fail to realize that everyone is in need of pastoral care at one time or another. As loving and caring Christians, we should all keep our “antennae” out to sense the need for pastoral care in others.
We encourage and invite you to notify the church office when you or a member of your family is hospitalized, rehabbing at home or in a facility, or just in need of some pastoral conversation.
Please contact the church office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, the rector at email@example.com or by phone at 816-331-2222.