, 2014
A Declaration of Dependence 
 Fourth of July. One of two civic holidays, along with Thanksgiving, that the Prayer Book calls Holy Days. It is meet and right - a joyful patriotic duty - that we give thanks to God as we remember the Declaration of Independence's words of liberty and their challenge to tyranny.

There are some things we should not forget on this day - the value of freedom, the reality of those things which threaten freedom, and the courage of those who stand against oppression. But some things get overlooked in this celebration of national pride. Here are some things I hope you will remember in your Fourth of July prayers. 
  • Give thanks for our dependence on one another as well as our freedom. The Declaration consistently uses plural pronouns (We hold these truths.... We mutually pledge our lives...) to remind us that we are all in this together. Our national obsession with individual rights has often placed us at odds with one another. Let us give thanks to God for those who are blessedly different from us, and on whom we depend for daily life. Make a declaration of our dependence on one another.
  •  Remember all Americans who have fought and suffered for freedom, not just those in military. The history of the struggle for freedom in our country includes heroes and martyrs Dr. King, Susan B. Anthony, and Mayor Harvey Milk. Celebrate their contributions to common life.
  • Confess our misuse of God's creation and recommit ourselves to caring for the land which made our freedom and prosperity possible. The Declaration of Independence complains that King George "plundered our seas, ravished our coasts" for his own ends. Have we done worse to our woodlands and mountains?
  • Commit ourselves to welcoming strangers into our national life in the same way most of our forebears were welcomed from foreign lands. King George was accused of "enacting laws that obstructed the welcome of foreigners". Our inaction on immigration reform puts us in the same company. 


Remember that all we do as a nation is measured by the Just and Holy One, whom Jefferson called the "supreme judge of the world", whom we know as Jesus the merciful. And give humble thanks for all of our national blessings. None of us created our national blessings solely with our own hands. They come, as the founders remind us, from "reliance on the protection of divine Providence" and continue only as "we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."


Blessed July 4th and God's Peace, Bishop Doug Hahn

Congratulations St. Raphael's
Little gnome discovered in the Award Winning Gardens of St. Raphael's - 2014 First Place Winner, Lexington in Bloom.
Diocese of Lexington Offers Stewardship Assistance
Life as A Steward
Sponsored by Diocese of Lexington
Saturday, August 2: Program 9am-3pm
(Location: Ascension, Frankfort)

Gene Musser
Keith Stroud
Life as a Steward" is the theme of a daylong event designed to assist parish leaders enhance our ministry of stewardship. National stewardship leaders Keith Stroud of the Diocese of Virginia and Gene Musser of Kirby Smith Associates will be our guest leaders, and will guide us in presentations of theology of stewardship as well as practical aids for your parish stewardship program.
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Our camp schedule is listed below. All camps still have spots available.
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 Girls Camp I
July 6 - 12
Graduates of Grades 3 & 4   


 Boys Camp I
July 20 - 26
Graduates of Grades 3 & 4  
 Co-Ed 3/5
July 27 - August 2
Co-Ed Graduates of Grades 3 - 5 
July 13 - 19
Co-Ed Graduates of Grades 7 - 12   
  Boys Camp II
July 20 - 26
Graduates of Grades 5 & 6
Camp Indian Summer
August 22 - 24
Ages 21+

 Girls Camp II
July 13 - 19
Graduates of Grades 5 & 6

On Your Behalf Update

During the week of June 28, Bishop Hahn's ministry has included, among other things:

  • Visited St. Andrews, Fort Thomas for Confirmation and Receiving new members.
  • Attended the College for Bishops, part of a three year orientation to the ministry of a Bishop. The week included:
  • Spirituality of Bishop
  • God's Mission in the 21st Century
  • Leadership Models
  • Studies in Church Discipline
  • Reflection on personal strengths and challenges
  • Ministry case studies with other 2nd year Bishops
  • Worship, Bible study and collegiality 
What's Happening

Organic Gardening Training at ECOS

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 2323 Lexington Road, Richmond, July 2


Pentecost 4

The Kentucky Council of Churches

The Diocese of Kentucky

   The Rt. Rev. Terry White, Bishop

   The Rt. Rev. David B. Reed, Retired Bishop


Pentecost 5

St. Agnes' House, Lexington

   The Rev. Rebecca Myers, Director


Ordination Anniversaries 

(D-Deacon, P-Priest, B-Bishop)


 5 July:  Robert Sessum D
10 July: Mary Kilbourn-Huey D
              Amy Dafler Meaux P
19 July: Staley P. Hackley P  


We pray for beloved clergy experiencing medical concerns: Ron Summers, John Madden, Phillip Garland, Jay Pierce, and John Dews.


We pray for Bishop Doug and Kaye Hahn and their daughter Avery during their time of need.


We pray for staff member Kay Collier McLaughlin in the illness of her sister Jane Hansen.  


We pray for the health of Diocesan staff member Angie Smith.


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