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Bishop’s Christmas Message

posted December 18, 2017

Written by The Rt. Rev. Cate Waynick


We are here at the diocesan offices in Saginaw, coming to you to wish you the very holiest and blessed of seasons.

I’ve heard a number of people say over the last months that the world seems a bit more chaotic than usual and that has me thinking about the chaos that the world was in when Christ was born. And being followers of Jesus, we know the rest of the story and we know what the incarnation brought to the world.

It is for us, his followers, to incarnate the love God has shown to us in Jesus. It is for us to proclaim the presence of God’s reign. And it is for us to incarnate the grace and mercy that the world needs.

Our common life is still marred by isms – racism, sexism, elitism, the gap between rich and poor. There is enough chaos in the world that we have to take seriously our vocation as Christians to share the Good News of the coming of God.

In the Diocese of Eastern Michigan in this time of transition, we are doing a lot of discerning – where is God calling us to go and to be for the world around us? In this holy season, part of the answer to that is that God is calling us to be incarnate witnesses of love and grace.

This year the staff has decided that instead of sending Christmas cards, we are going to use those funds for scholarships for school children in the Dominican Republic. Schooling, education for children, is a crucial aspect of life and so we want to help support that in a place where we already have a relationship.

My hope and prayer for all of you is that this holy season will bring you unexpected blessings and holy joy.

Now, let us pray:

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate word. Grant that this light enkindled in our hearts may shine forth in our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Merry Christmas.