The Diocese of Milwaukee offers two resources to its parishes for use in their weekly services. In the spirit of building community, all parishes are encouraged to use both resources beginning in Advent 2014 so that all voices are lifted together as we offer these prayers, week by week.
The Diocese of Milwaukee's deputation to the 2015 General Convention (GC) join Bishop Miller in inviting you to inform yourself about the work of this year's General Convention, which meets in Salt Lake City June 25 - July 03. Click on "Read More" below to check out links to the deputation's website and Facebook Page!
Click on the "Read More" link below to participate in Bishop Steven Miller's Lenten Study Program. The program will take place at 7pm on Thursdays during Lent and focuses on the passion narrative in the Gospels.
Our theme for convention this year is “a Eucharistic people, a community of Thanksgiving.” We reflected on one aspect of that last year in our meditation on the hymn found in the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. To be a Eucharistic people is to be a people open to self-emptying that we might be raised up by God and be taken, blessed, broken, and given to the world.
As we gather today we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah calling his first hearers and us to “Give thanks to theLord, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.” We prayed with the psalmist, “It is a good thing to thanks to the Lord and to make music to your name, O most High. To tell of your loving kindness early in the morning and of your faithfulness in the night season.” And we hear the apostle Paul telling the church at Colossae and the Church today that we are to do everything we do in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The witness of scripture is clear that thanksgiving and the proclamation of God’s reign in the world are two sides of the same coin, thanksgiving is proclamation of God’s power, grace and blessing and proclamation of God’s Power, grace and blessing flows from gratefulness and begins with saying thank you for what God has done. This thankful proclamation is by word and deed, showing forth God’s praise not only with our lips but in our lives. This is what it means to be a Eucharistic people.