Easter 2018 Arise, Shine!

Alleluia! Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned on you. Your gates will always be open...they will call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.    The Third Song of Isaiah

Dear fellow citizens of The City of the Lord, we invite you to participate in the glorious Easter Celebrations that Zion will present this coming Holy Week--see the Home Page. As you prepare to attend one or more of the many worship experiences on offer, prayerfully consider a financial gift enabling Zion to keep its doors open to one and all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Alleluia!

Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector

Zion Episcopal Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center VT 05255

Feast Day of St. Francis, October 4, 2017

I have been trying to say something that will address the terrible event in Las Vegas. But was stuck until today--the Feast Day of St. Francis. Over the last few years I have been striving to be more at peace with myself and the world. To not get angry even when I believe I have every right to be. To not let events be turned into my own agenda. To flee ideologues and pontifications. So today I pray once again the Prayer of St. Francis.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon, where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Happy Easter 2017

Christ is risen! "In me you will have peace. In the world you will have trouble; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

We are living in a world of trouble--politically, economically, and spiritually. Politics today is all about stigmatizing one's opponents. Our country's economy is in a death spiral downward as thousands of stores close across the land. Manchester and the surrounding area has witnessed close to forty stores closing. The Episcopal Church has seen over a thousand congregations close since 1995, we have lost a million members, and regular attendance has drastically dropped. At times it feels as though we are living in the midst of death, darkness, and despair, yet we are Easter People who live in the comforting knowledge that in the Resurrection, our Lord has overthrown the world, and rules and reigns.

Thanks be to God that Zion is holding its own in these troubled times. We have done well between the Stewardship Campaign for 2017 and the four year Legacy Campaign, but we are still behind what we need to keep the doors open, the heat on, and the lights shining. So please consider blessing the mission and ministry of Jesus at Zion this Easter with your financial support.

Happy Easter, may you know that no matter how difficult things can be, Christ has overcome the world.

The Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector

Contributions may be sent to Zion Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center VT 05255-0717