Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
St. Andrew’s following fireBy now many of you have heard of the devastating fire early Sunday morning that destroyed the Ministry Center and offices of Saint Andrew’s, Mt. Pleasant (SAMP). Fortunately, the historic Church was not damaged in the fire, however, it cannot come close to adequately meeting their Sunday morning needs for worship and ministry. You may read Bishop Steve Wood’s message to his congregation here. I was able to speak with Steve today and offer the use of the Cathedral, which the Dean, Peet Dickinson, had already called me late Sunday afternoon to offer. It was encouraging to hear Steve describe the many offers of help from around the community. Four of our diocesan clergy even showed up at the SAMP staff meeting this morning to show their support! I encourage you and your congregation to continue to include our brothers and sisters in your prayers as they work through many challenging logistics.
Archbishop Foley Beach has already sent a letter to the College of Bishops to call our brothers and sisters across the Anglican Church in North America to keep St. Andrew’s in our prayers.
As updates are needed we will continue to keep you informed through the ENews to the diocese. For now it is a cause for thanks that no one was injured, the historic chapel is intact, the Cross, baptismal font, and even the altar may be salvaged, and chalices and patens were protected. The spirit of those at SAMP are standing strong in Christ!
Yours in the living hope of the Risen Christ,
Mark Lawrence’s signature
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina