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Daily Reflection (6-15-19): “May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.” [Ephesians 1:17-18] There is a beautiful Christian worship song called “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” that continues “I want to see You.” We must strive to see Jesus in others and be Jesus to others. We are being asked to see Church is a new way; to let go of fulfilling our own obligations for a shared responsibility of fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ – to go and make disciples. Our vision is that Ascension will be a welcoming home to the lost; a parish of mission and purpose that will be inviting. Steve Moore, of Missio Nexus, said this: “The Great Commission is too big for anyone to accomplish alone and too important not to try to do together.” How can we approach the vision together to achieve our mission? Lord Jesus, You have asked me to go and make disciples. I pray that with the help of my faith community and with Your guiding hand, that others will come to know You.
God our Father, Creator of the Universe and Lord over all creation, we humbly stand before you as your children in thanksgiving for your loving care and protection. We ask that you keep us safe from all hurricanes which may threaten us in the coming seasons. Protect us from all fear and anxiety of storms and give us an ardent trust and hope in your love and mercy. You alone have the power to command the sea, the wind and the rain. You alone bring peace, calm and safety. Father, we thank you in advance, for you are our only refuge. We ask this through Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. Mary, Queen of the Apostles, and Patroness of our Diocese, pray for us.