Monday, October 22, 2007

Panama comes to St. John's

Jo Ellen Nutter, a missioner with the national Episcopal church who coordinates medical mission in Panama, was in Asheville and joined us at St. John's for Saturday evening and Sunday morning services and adult forum. It was inspirng to hear about the work that she does in Panama and to learn more about mission. Our congregation is discerning what mission will look like for St. John's. I won't be posting a sermon this week as Jo Ellen and I did a "duet" sermon--with me reflecting on the biblical context of the texts and Jo Ellen reflecting on how these texts are lived out in the mission work in Panama.

There are 75 missioners from the national Episcopal church who are committed to long term mission work. Regardless of our involvement in short term mission work, these long term missioners need the support of both individuals (that's us) and our parishes. You can check out Jo Ellen's blog (Hasta, Inc) on the link on this blog. What a joy it was to be with her.

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