New Date Set for Bishop Love’s Hearing
“The Episcopal Church vs. The Rt. Rev. William H. Love”
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I recently received word that a new date has been set for my Hearing / Trial: The Episcopal Church vs. The Rt. Rev. William H. Love. It is scheduled for Friday, June 12, 2020, starting at 9:00 a.m. EST.It is not expected to last beyond 5:00 p.m. that same day.The Hearing will be conducted through a Zoom Meeting format.
I have been told by the Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely, Convener of the Hearing Panel, that given the technology being used, “we will be able to have many people watch the Hearing if they desire.”Unfortunately, the exact details regarding how observers can watch the Hearing have not yet been revealed.Once we have received that information, it will be shared with the Diocese of Albany and wider community.Please note that while the Canons require that the Hearing be “open” to the public, it is under the control and direction of the Hearing Panel.
I want to thank all of you who have been holding me and my family and the Diocese of Albany up in your prayers these past many months. It is greatly appreciated and means more than you know.Whatever the outcome of the Hearing, my prayer is that God’s will and purpose will be accomplished.
Faithfully Yours in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. William H. Love
Bishop of Albany
Pray that we will BE the church rather than just GO to church.Holy Spirit help us live out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Jesus help us welcome every lost sheep that comes into the flock and be good shepherds of them.
Holy Spirit, help us seek out all that Jesus is calling us to do and be.
Help us, as Jesus does, to listen with compassion to the pain in other people’s lives.
Father, help us enter the life of your living word in Scripture and be shaped by your word.
Jesus, let reading Scripture lead us into a new and deeper life of prayer.
Jesus, help us take in the spirit of the Beatitudes and come to you in humility.Help us repent of all self-righteousness and pride.
From the Book of Common Prayer:
19.For the President of the United States and all in Civil Authority
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace.Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.Amen.
21.For Courts of Justice
Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right: We humbly beseech thee to bless the courts of justice and the magistrates in all this land; and give unto them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth, and impartially administer the law in the fear of thee alone; through him who shall come to be our Judge, thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ.Amen.
27.For Social Justice
Grant, O God, that your holy and life giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
28.In Times of Conflict
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
30.For the Unemployed
Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
35.For the Poor and the Neglected
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget:the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.
49.For the Aged
Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation.Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love.This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.