Dear Friends in Christ,
In the face of the violence erupting in Ukraine, I ask you to join me in praying for peace and the protection of all who are at risk. This Sunday we will hear once again the story of the Transfiguration of Christ, a story that tells us about the nature of true power, the revealing of God’s glory in Jesus, the unveiling of the love and mercy of God. The power of violent coercion and control will never have the final word — even the cross could not accomplish that. Even death is not the final word. The love of God has already conquered the worst evil that human beings can inflict on one another. All our hope is in the deathless love of God.
Let us pray for peace.
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 815)
The Rt. Rev. Jeffery Lee
Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Milwaukee