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May 25, 2018                                                                 Friday Flash


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With the Holy Spirit's Gifts Empower Us


Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

The Lord is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

(With the Holy Spirit’s gifts empower us)


The Great Fifty Days of Easter have ended. We celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church on the Feast of Pentecost.


We all know the story of people flaming and speaking in tongues not their own. Some have referred to Pentecost as the reversal of the Tower of Babel. However one might categorize this event, it has represented God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Comforter, the Advocate of whom Jesus spoke and said would be sent to us after his departure.


My experiences with the Holy Spirit have been both illusive and stealth. I could acknowledge a presence but not pinpoint it exactly. I could feel it literally rush through the place where I was, work some mischief and then rush back out. These were real and have instilled both faith and a bit of fear at times. And sometimes they have evoked a chuckle and a smile.


There is a hymn in the 1982 Hymnal that contains the refrain: “With the spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.”  It is sometimes known as Integrity’s hymn because of the use of “integrity” in the first verse. The point is that this hymn is a prayer to God to give us the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the work of ministry.


As an organization and in some ways as a church, we are being directed back to the work of ministry at the local level. The gifts for which we seek to be empowered, relate to growing the church -  something that has always been best achieved at the local level - where it all began.


We recently lost an Integrity member who personified ministry at the local level.  Paul Lane was an active Diocesan Organizer for New York as well as the primary coordinator of the New York Pride Parade’s Episcopal Church presence. You can read more about his work on the Walking With Integrity post "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant". May he rest in peace and rise in glory.  He utilized the gifts with which the Spirit empowered him to their fullest.  May we all do likewise.


So let us indeed pray that the Spirit will empower us for the work of ministry and roll up our sleeves and move forward. The work is not yet complete.  All that has changed is where it continues to need to be done.


We are still seeking people to take over national leadership roles and you can either nominate yourself or someone else. The deadline for nominations is May 25, 2018.  So if you have a nomination,  please send it to:  nominations@integrityusa.org.


Bruce Garner, President

Integrity USA ... The Episcopal Rainbow


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Integrity Election Nominations Are Open

If you, or someone you know, has an interest in assuming a leadership role at the national or provincial level, send contact information (name, email, phone number, etc.) to nominations@integrityusa.org. The current bylaws can be found at http://integrityusa.org/doc_download/23-integrity-s-current-bylaws

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#GC79 Stickers? Selfies? DVDs?

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Joining us at the 79th General Convention in Austin? Stop by booth 1017 and we'll have stickers to give away. Take a photo and share it on social media. (Above is a photo of the Integrity booth from #GC78 in Salt Lake City back in 2015). Also, for a small donation, you can get DVDs of Out of the Box and other items.

And be sure to put the Integrity Eucharist on your calendar: Sunday July 8, at 8pm in Austin's JW Marriott.


Take us to General Convention


General Convention 2018 for the Episcopal Church is in just over a month. We invite you to help us attend and prepare for the work at General Convention, for marriage equality in every diocese, for our youth, and for our transgender siblings. 


Out of The Box and Other Resources

"Voices of Witness: Out of the Box" is a groundbreaking documentary giving voice to the witness of transgender people of faith. Courageously inviting the viewer into their journeys, the film is ultimately a celebration of hope and the power of God's love to transcend even seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Find the film, study guide, and other resources on our web site at the link below. And if you have suggestions to include additional resources, please send them to communications@integrityusa.org


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