The Friday Reflection
October 10, 2020
The Rev. Marilee Muncey, Deacon

In the time between the resurrection and ascension John gives us yet another picture of restoration that Jesus’ resurrection has set in motion. Just after dawn, after an unsuccessful night of fishing, Peter and the disciples with him are returning to shore. As they near land, there is just enough light to see that there is someone they do not recognize on the beach. The stranger calls to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” “No,” they say. It cannot have been unusual for villagers to meet the boats as they came in to buy and barter for the freshest fish. But what happens next surely did not happen every day. “Cast your net to the right side of the boat and you will find some.” The disciples do it, and their net is filled to overflowing! Here is John’s feeding of the multitude; God’s abundance in what was to these fishermen an everyday action. The disciples quickly recognize the sign and put two and two together. The beloved disciple tells Peter, “It is the Lord!”


This is a wonderful encounter with the risen Lord, and it sets up the conversation between Jesus and Peter that occurs after they had all shared breakfast together. There is no doubt in my mind that Peter still had to be dealing with the fact that on the night before Jesus was crucified, he, Peter, had vehemently denied him three times. Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Commenters on this passage say that this three-times question echoed Peter’s three denials. But what struck me reflecting on this scripture and essentials of leadership is that Jesus question and Peter’s answer form the foundation for future ministry, both Peter’s and our own. Love is the foundation of all ministry whether we are laity or clergy. The desire to be known, to make a name for ourselves, to make a difference in our world, or to have our name live on after us are all motivators; we see them play out in the world around us all the time. There can be, and I’m sure are, many varied motivations for ministry, but none of them lasts, none of them protects both the one who leads (in whatever capacity) and those who follow except love; the love of Jesus.


A second critical part of leadership that flows from love is spending time with the one whom we love. We are all called to be the beloved disciple. As others in their reflections have brought out, it is essential for us as leaders to spend intentional time with God. The gospel writers mention many times where Jesus took time to go apart from his disciples, from the crowds that followed him, and just be with God. With all the demands on his time and the stress of his life, Jesus needed time to be with God and in the quiet of that time to rest and recharge. It would be easy for Jesus to make it all about himself; time with God kept him centered and in God’s will.


As I have reflected over these months about what I would write about, these two things, love as the foundation of leadership and the importance of spending intentional, regular time with God seemed to be where the Spirit was leading me. But recently, a third critical factor came to mind: the importance of seeing things as they are and leading from that perspective. Especially now, it is tempting to want to pull the covers over our head and just ignore the tumult all around us; but If we are truly going to lead/walk with people to places of health and wholeness (and not just to a place of our own wishful thinking), we must have the courage and strength lead from the real world. The world watches and questions what we do (and I believe they have the right to do so) to see if we are genuine. Our genuineness comes from leading/walking in the real world. Love that is real and not just manipulative must be done in the real world. Our taking time to be with the real, holy, and living one must be done in the real world or we risk simply communing with a god of our own making. If we are to help people see and experience God as the real, holy, and living one, we must exercise (which calls for discipline and practice) courage and strength to meet people where they actually are at that moment and not where they or we would like to pretend they are. Courage and strength come from love of God and love of neighbor and are further strengthened with intentional and regular time with God. With these things working together we will be, as we labor in the vineyard together, the leaders we are called to be.

    
Deanery Day will be similar to the spring deanery day. Bishop David, Canon Anna and others will present information for Diocesan Convention. We will hear about resolutions and the budget for 2021!

Clergy and convention delegates are required to attend. Wardens, treasurers, and other leaders are encouraged to join as well! 
Southern Deanery | 9-11 AM
Central Deanery | 12-2 PM
Northern Deanery | 3-5 PM
Join the Zoom meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 863 0770 8543
Passcode: 586377

One tap mobile
+16699006833,,86307708543# US (San Jose)
If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, and would like to test it out beforehand, please contact Rev. Angela (dioadmin@diosanjoaquin.org).

   
Drive Like St. Francis

While it’s unrealistic for most of us to give up our cars completely, making subtle adjustments to our lifestyles and our habits can offset significant environmental harm. Here are some tips for sensible traveling.

Drive carefully. The Environmental Protection Agency encourages drivers to avoid aggressive acceleration and braking. It’s also important to make sure tires are properly inflated. Tires that are inflated appropriately improve gas mileage.

Carpool. The benefit is twofold: we are aiding the environment by having one fewer car on the road; and the relationships we share with those in the car with us can be strengthened.

Combine trips. The US Department of Energy encourages drivers to have a game plan before running errands. Short trips from a car that has been idle can use twice the fuel that combining trips does. It also reduces the wear and tear on your car.

Bus it. Keeping your car in park just two days a week can lower greenhouse gas emissions. According to the American Public Transit Association, using public transportation regularly can save the equivalent of 900,000 fill-ups every day.

What would Francis do? Francis of Assisi, in his lifetime, was an optimist. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible,” is a saying attributed to him. Francis had a deep love for the earth and for those who shared it with him. We can do the same.

   
Try Composting at Home 

Check out this guide to learn how to compost at your home, or go here to see if your neighborhood has a curbside compost pickup option.



Check out their year in review, and what is coming up ahead in the coming year!

 Friday Reflection
All articles and special news can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at: dioadmin@diosanjoaquin.org

All submissions are due MONDAY for the following Friday Reflection.

Submission requirements:
pictures -JPEG format
articles- word document
document to link- PDF

Please edit pictures for best brightness, contrast, and lighting before sending. 


Events Warranting Your
Participation and Prayers
 

     
   Diocesan Events 
Diocesan/Cathedral Worship

Zoom


Creation Care Commission Meeting
Zoom
Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 7 | 7:00 PM
Lodi – ZOOM

Clergy Meeting
October 8 | 12:30 PM
ZOOM
Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 8 | 7:00 PM
Sonora – ZOOM


Deanery Day
October 10
Southern Deanery | 9:00 – 11:00 am
Central Deanery | 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Northern Deanery | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Diocesan/Cathedral Worship


Meditation on Mary
October 12 | 6:30 PM


SJRAISE
October 13 | 6:30 PM
Zoom


Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 14 | 7:00 PM
Hanford – ZOOM


Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 15 | 7:00 PM
Modesto – ZOOM


Registration for Convention Due
October 16
Diocesan/Cathedral Worship
  Facebook and YouTube


Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 21 | 7:00 PM
Kernville – ZOOM
Diocesan/Cathedral Worship
Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 28 | 7:00 PM
Turlock – ZOOM


Diocesan Council & Standing Committee Joint Meeting
October 31 | 10:00 AM
Zoom


Creek Fire Update
 

All ECCO employees have returned to their homes and work! They are thrilled to be back, and are working to clean the facilities after their time away.
If you would like to make a donation for those affected by the Creek Fire you can do so online here:
Or you can mail checks to the Diocesan office:
EDSJ
4147 E Dakota AVE
Fresno, CA 93726
Memo: Creek Fire Disaster Assistance
Thank you to all who have donated! Your continued support and prayers are greatly appreciated.
To see the Diocesan news sent out about this on Sunday, September 6th, please click here.


Annual Diocesan Convention 2020
 

 the Church in all seasons


Call to Convention

Find all the annual convention information on our website!
Key Dates:
Deanery Day | October 10
Convention Registration | October 16



Event Information 


Join Rev. Nelson for The Rosary: Let’s pray and meditate with Mary on October 12 at 6:30 pm on Facebook Live

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The Friday Reflection
October 10, 2020
The Rev. Marilee Muncey, Deacon

In the time between the resurrection and ascension John gives us yet another picture of restoration that Jesus’ resurrection has set in motion. Just after dawn, after an unsuccessful night of fishing, Peter and the disciples with him are returning to shore. As they near land, there is just enough light to see that there is someone they do not recognize on the beach. The stranger calls to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” “No,” they say. It cannot have been unusual for villagers to meet the boats as they came in to buy and barter for the freshest fish. But what happens next surely did not happen every day. “Cast your net to the right side of the boat and you will find some.” The disciples do it, and their net is filled to overflowing! Here is John’s feeding of the multitude; God’s abundance in what was to these fishermen an everyday action. The disciples quickly recognize the sign and put two and two together. The beloved disciple tells Peter, “It is the Lord!”


This is a wonderful encounter with the risen Lord, and it sets up the conversation between Jesus and Peter that occurs after they had all shared breakfast together. There is no doubt in my mind that Peter still had to be dealing with the fact that on the night before Jesus was crucified, he, Peter, had vehemently denied him three times. Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Commenters on this passage say that this three-times question echoed Peter’s three denials. But what struck me reflecting on this scripture and essentials of leadership is that Jesus question and Peter’s answer form the foundation for future ministry, both Peter’s and our own. Love is the foundation of all ministry whether we are laity or clergy. The desire to be known, to make a name for ourselves, to make a difference in our world, or to have our name live on after us are all motivators; we see them play out in the world around us all the time. There can be, and I’m sure are, many varied motivations for ministry, but none of them lasts, none of them protects both the one who leads (in whatever capacity) and those who follow except love; the love of Jesus.


A second critical part of leadership that flows from love is spending time with the one whom we love. We are all called to be the beloved disciple. As others in their reflections have brought out, it is essential for us as leaders to spend intentional time with God. The gospel writers mention many times where Jesus took time to go apart from his disciples, from the crowds that followed him, and just be with God. With all the demands on his time and the stress of his life, Jesus needed time to be with God and in the quiet of that time to rest and recharge. It would be easy for Jesus to make it all about himself; time with God kept him centered and in God’s will.


As I have reflected over these months about what I would write about, these two things, love as the foundation of leadership and the importance of spending intentional, regular time with God seemed to be where the Spirit was leading me. But recently, a third critical factor came to mind: the importance of seeing things as they are and leading from that perspective. Especially now, it is tempting to want to pull the covers over our head and just ignore the tumult all around us; but If we are truly going to lead/walk with people to places of health and wholeness (and not just to a place of our own wishful thinking), we must have the courage and strength lead from the real world. The world watches and questions what we do (and I believe they have the right to do so) to see if we are genuine. Our genuineness comes from leading/walking in the real world. Love that is real and not just manipulative must be done in the real world. Our taking time to be with the real, holy, and living one must be done in the real world or we risk simply communing with a god of our own making. If we are to help people see and experience God as the real, holy, and living one, we must exercise (which calls for discipline and practice) courage and strength to meet people where they actually are at that moment and not where they or we would like to pretend they are. Courage and strength come from love of God and love of neighbor and are further strengthened with intentional and regular time with God. With these things working together we will be, as we labor in the vineyard together, the leaders we are called to be.

    
Deanery Day will be similar to the spring deanery day. Bishop David, Canon Anna and others will present information for Diocesan Convention. We will hear about resolutions and the budget for 2021!

Clergy and convention delegates are required to attend. Wardens, treasurers, and other leaders are encouraged to join as well! 
Southern Deanery | 9-11 AM
Central Deanery | 12-2 PM
Northern Deanery | 3-5 PM
Join the Zoom meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 863 0770 8543
Passcode: 586377

One tap mobile
+16699006833,,86307708543# US (San Jose)
If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, and would like to test it out beforehand, please contact Rev. Angela (dioadmin@diosanjoaquin.org).

   
Drive Like St. Francis

While it’s unrealistic for most of us to give up our cars completely, making subtle adjustments to our lifestyles and our habits can offset significant environmental harm. Here are some tips for sensible traveling.

Drive carefully. The Environmental Protection Agency encourages drivers to avoid aggressive acceleration and braking. It’s also important to make sure tires are properly inflated. Tires that are inflated appropriately improve gas mileage.

Carpool. The benefit is twofold: we are aiding the environment by having one fewer car on the road; and the relationships we share with those in the car with us can be strengthened.

Combine trips. The US Department of Energy encourages drivers to have a game plan before running errands. Short trips from a car that has been idle can use twice the fuel that combining trips does. It also reduces the wear and tear on your car.

Bus it. Keeping your car in park just two days a week can lower greenhouse gas emissions. According to the American Public Transit Association, using public transportation regularly can save the equivalent of 900,000 fill-ups every day.

What would Francis do? Francis of Assisi, in his lifetime, was an optimist. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible,” is a saying attributed to him. Francis had a deep love for the earth and for those who shared it with him. We can do the same.

   
Try Composting at Home 

Check out this guide to learn how to compost at your home, or go here to see if your neighborhood has a curbside compost pickup option.



Check out their year in review, and what is coming up ahead in the coming year!

 Friday Reflection
All articles and special news can be submitted to the Diocesan Office at: dioadmin@diosanjoaquin.org

All submissions are due MONDAY for the following Friday Reflection.

Submission requirements:
pictures -JPEG format
articles- word document
document to link- PDF

Please edit pictures for best brightness, contrast, and lighting before sending. 


Events Warranting Your
Participation and Prayers
 

     
   Diocesan Events 
Diocesan/Cathedral Worship

Zoom


Creation Care Commission Meeting
Zoom
Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 7 | 7:00 PM
Lodi – ZOOM

Clergy Meeting
October 8 | 12:30 PM
ZOOM
Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 8 | 7:00 PM
Sonora – ZOOM


Deanery Day
October 10
Southern Deanery | 9:00 – 11:00 am
Central Deanery | 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Northern Deanery | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Diocesan/Cathedral Worship


Meditation on Mary
October 12 | 6:30 PM


SJRAISE
October 13 | 6:30 PM
Zoom


Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 14 | 7:00 PM
Hanford – ZOOM


Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 15 | 7:00 PM
Modesto – ZOOM


Registration for Convention Due
October 16
Diocesan/Cathedral Worship
  Facebook and YouTube


Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 21 | 7:00 PM
Kernville – ZOOM
Diocesan/Cathedral Worship
Bishop and Canon Visitation
October 28 | 7:00 PM
Turlock – ZOOM


Diocesan Council & Standing Committee Joint Meeting
October 31 | 10:00 AM
Zoom


Creek Fire Update
 

All ECCO employees have returned to their homes and work! They are thrilled to be back, and are working to clean the facilities after their time away.
If you would like to make a donation for those affected by the Creek Fire you can do so online here:
Or you can mail checks to the Diocesan office:
EDSJ
4147 E Dakota AVE
Fresno, CA 93726
Memo: Creek Fire Disaster Assistance
Thank you to all who have donated! Your continued support and prayers are greatly appreciated.
To see the Diocesan news sent out about this on Sunday, September 6th, please click here.


Annual Diocesan Convention 2020
 

 the Church in all seasons


Call to Convention

Find all the annual convention information on our website!
Key Dates:
Deanery Day | October 10
Convention Registration | October 16



Event Information 


Join Rev. Nelson for The Rosary: Let’s pray and meditate with Mary on October 12 at 6:30 pm on Facebook Live

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, 4147 E Dakota AVE, Fresno, CA 93726
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