Good to be back

Glad to update the episcoblog. Check out all the blessings that we as Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite have been experiencing, by God’s grace.
Thanks to Hillspeak, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, we were able to have Anglican Youth Camp in Eureka Springs under their hospices and in Wyoming. The youth had a wonderful experience with learning the Sermon on the Mount. The theme was “For me to live is Christ”. They had a wonderful experience of the Passion Play and the Tour of the Holy Land and also lots of fun, like a visit to Branson. The youth are the future of our church and they can not be sidelined.
By God’s grace, HCCAR has also had its significant moments in its dioceses. Bp. McNeley’s retirement and my succeeding him. Bp. David Seeland’s retirement from the Diocese of Pacific and Southwest. Bp. Henry King and his bishop elect The Very Rev. Anthony Rasch. We have a lot to accomplish for His kingdom. We march onward, Serving the Lord as Anglican’s stemming from the Chambers’ Succession.
In my letter to my diocese I wrote:
With profound gratitude to God, and to you my flock, I write this first letter as your bishop. My sentiments of gratitude go to our Bishop Emeritus, Rt. Rev. James McNeley for his hard work in caring for the flock in the Diocese of Holy Trinity and Great Plains. Our appreciation goes also to his beloved spouse Ms. Madelyn McNeley for her meticulous service to the diocese and to all the Diocesan officers, especially to Lynn Baxter.
My appreciation and thanks to your loving presence and representation at the Synod in Wichita, Kansas and especially at my enthronement. When Anglicanism itself is at crossroads today, we are called to be faithful in the Anglican way as it has been the via media, embracing both the ends of the spectrum, the evangelical Protestantism and the Roman Catholicism. Our diocese and province will continue to serve the Lord and His kingdom. It was John the Baptist in prison who sent his emissaries to Jesus asking “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? 4Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: 5The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them”.(Matthew11:3-5) That is the sign of God’s Kingdom.
The sign and presence of God’s kingdom is when everyone in our congregation is cared for spiritually: the sick are visited and administered sacraments, the flock is taken care of: “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you”. (Isaiah 35:3ff). God bless all our clergy for taking care of our flock after the heart of the Good Shepherd. When the Lord comes, may we be found worthy, may we be found still serving.
Beautiful things have happened. St. Joseph’s in Wichita, Kansas has its own place of worship, thanks to Fr. Beaver and Dn. Arnie Wood. How marvelous this is! St. Peter’s Albuquerque has a new Rector in Fr. Scott Lay. Their long patient waiting has been finally rewarded with a wonderful priest. St. Gabriel’s (Arkansas) has been blessed with Fr. Don Pendergraft as their Rector and Fr. John Slavin, their curate. Fr. Rafael Carbajal has been faithfully serving the Spanish congregation of St. Gabriel’s. Bp. Kinner has been relentlessly serving the flock including the American Indian people in Wyoming together with Fr. Crawshaw and Dn. Jimmy Dean. Fr. Lawrence Kern has been at St. Gabriel’s, Greely CO and has been reaching out to the Hispanic congregation. We have postulants who are studying for Holy Orders and I’m glad to serve you as your shepherd. The congregation of St. James has weathered a storm and has had their bishops’ full support when they needed to maintain their ownership of their church, as always has been. Those who claim something else, need to check sources. All Saints, Pittsburg, KS has Fr. John Hunter faithfully serving as Rector and extending his service to the Cornerstone Chapel in Pittsburg. Fr. Paul Trentham has been his assisting priest. The church is young and alive. This summer brought two youth camps; one in Wyoming and another at Hillspeak, Eureka Springs. There are young and new altar servers. Above all there is joy and peace in all our congregations! You are the wonderful people who are the body of Christ. This diocesan newsletter, Koinonia, and the website are to be commended. God bless all of those who are responsible. We do hope and pray that St. John’s, Lander and St. Andrews, Montana would have their own pastors soon!
Together with you we will march forward in serving the Lord. We have plenty of work to accomplish for the Lord. There is still hope in Anglicanism. We as a diocese and province are still growing. As long we do what is right in the sight of the Lord, we will see His blessings “25And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 26And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee”. (Exodus 15:25 ff)
We have only one person to be accountable to and that is our Lord and Master. We have missions to be opened and people to be nourished with His Word and Sacraments through our Anglican Tradition. Keep up your good work! Let’s never forget our identity as in Transfiguration, of who we are and whose will we serve.
To the greater glory of God and in His service,
+ Leo Michael