The May 24 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. In this issue, Peggy Eastman writes of how the people of All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland, rallied around their rector’s family when an infant grandson, Lucas, struggled with multiple health challenges:
Fr. Ed [Kelaher] has sat at the bedside of sick church members, counseled those going through a divorce or dealing with other losses, talked to spiritual seekers, and maintained a full schedule of teaching Bible study classes, Sunday forums, and preaching. We burdened him with all our sorrows and he comforted us. He baptized our babies and conducted funerals for our loved ones.
Fr. Ed was constantly ministering to us. Now, when he and his family really needed us, how could our congregation minister to him?
My stepdaughter Carrie had the idea of starting a 48-hour prayer vigil and an online intensive prayer chain for Lucas. We could not be near Lucas in the hospital, but we could “pray without ceasing” wherever we were (1 Thess. 5:16-18). We could be prayer warriors for this very sick baby.
Four Nominees for Presiding Bishop
Twenty Minutes with James Krueger
Behold God | By Will Brown
‘I Entrust Lucas to You This Night’ | By Peggy Eastman
American Apocalypse | Review by Kevin Dodge
William Stringfellow: Essential Writings | Review by Mark Harris
A Joyful Pursuit | By Retta Blaney
Eucharist in Ordinary Time | By Molly McGee Short
People & Places