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Timeline PhotosAlmighty God, whose blessed Son guides our footsteps in the way of peace: Deliver us from paths of hatred and violence, that we, following the example of your servant Moses, may serve you with singleness of heart and attain to the tranquility of the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. #ChurchDays ... See MoreSee Less

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Emmanuel Episcopal Church Orcas Island

We are sad to say farewell. Kim and Emily are leaving on Monday for Florida and Maggie is in Bellingham on her way for Boston College. We are grateful for being such pillars of our church family. Kim as a vestry member, our delegate for Diocesan Convention, and a member of our finance committee and for Emily and Maggie for being our faithful acolytes for many years. Let us pray for them:

"The church is a family. United by the common recognition of Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are all brothers and sisters. And, for a time, Emmanuel is our home. Like every human family, our church family is formed and reformed over time: as members are born, as they die, as members are adopted into our family, and as they leave our congregation for a new home, in a different place.

For a time, Kim, Emily, and Maggie have lived with us. We have shared with each other good times and bad, we have shared each other's joys and sorrows, we have lightened each other's heavy loads. Together we have laughed and cried, together we have worshiped and praised God, together we have lived.

We feel sorrow in your leaving, yet we rejoice with you in anticipation of this new phase of your life. We will miss your love and support, yet we know you will add much to the lives of those who will be your new church family, as you have added much to our lives. We will pray for you and for the whole family of God.

Let us pray:
O God, you are the strength and the protector of your people.
We humbly place in your hands Kim, Emily, and Maggie of this congregation are about to leave us. Keep and preserve them, O Lord, in all health and safety, both of body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Go in the peace of Christ. Our prayers go with you. Amen."

Prayer taken from "The United Methodist Book of Worship"
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