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Highlands Voice                       Volume 14, Number 25

July 23, 2017

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A welcoming community, celebrating and sharing the good news of Jesus through worship, prayer, learning, and service.


Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb. 10:23-25)


Kevin Brown

     Delaware's Episcopalians on Saturday elected the Rev. Kevin S. Brown of Charlotte, N.C., as our 11th diocesan bishop.

     The Rev. Brown, currently rector of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, will be ordained and consecrated on December 9 by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Delaware State University in Dover will be the site of the service.

     He was elected on the fifth ballot, and clergy and lay delegates cheered the announcement. The Rev. Patricia Downing of Wilmington, one of the five final candidates for bishop, moved that the election be declared unanimous.

     Contacted at his home in Charlotte, the Rev. Brown said he and his wife, Caroline, were following the balloting on Twitter while working on a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle to distract them.

     "It's humbling and inspiring," he said, describing his election as "a moment when time seemed to stand still."

     He quickly acknowledged the other four candidates on the slate. "I have heard time and time again that Delaware was graced with a remarkable slate of candidates," he said, citing the "brilliance, energy and the spirit of all the candidates."

     The Rev. Brown grew up in Asheville, N.C., and studied mathematics and psychology at Duke University. He completed his M.B.A. while in the United States Air Force, worked in finance and marketing at FedEx, and launched an investment firm before his call to the priesthood.

     At Holy Comforter, he led the merger of separate English and Spanish preschools into a single groundbreaking school focused on bilingual education and dedicated to access for low-income and immigrant families. He previously served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Paris, Tennessee.

     His education includes an M.B.A. from the University of West Florida and a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary in New York City. His wife, Caroline, is an accomplished artist and they have two daughters in college in North Carolina.

     The Rev. Brown will succeed the Right Rev. Wayne P. Wright, who retired in February 2017. He will shepherd 9,300 Episcopalians in 34 congregations throughout Delaware. He also will serve as chief pastor to the diocese's clergy and deacons and often takes a leadership role in social justice issues on a statewide level.

     The search process began in the summer of 2016, with the appointment of lay and clergy search committee members. The Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, rector of St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church in Wilmington, and Steven Boyden of Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington, co-chaired the Search Committee. The search team considered more than 50 applicants who had responded to the diocesan profile.

     The Rev. David Andrews, rector of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington, and Sue Taber of St. David's in Wilmington, co-chaired the Transition Committee.

     The five candidates were announced this May. They were the Right Rev. Laura Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan of The Episcopal Church in Connecticut; the Very Rev. Michael Battle, Herbert Thompson Professorial Chair of Church and Society and director of the Desmond Tutu Center, General Theological Seminary, New York City; the Rev. Kevin S. Brown. Rector, Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, N.C.; the Rev. Patricia S. Downing, rector, Trinity Parish in Wilmington, Del.; and the Rev. Canon Scott A. Gunn, executive director, Forward Movement, Cincinnati, Ohio.

     The five candidates participated in three "walkabouts" throughout Delaware June 28-30, appearing before a congregation each evening to answer questions. About 600 people attended the three gatherings.

      For more information, visit the Diocese of Delaware website,


     “Faith” is not an affirmation of a creed, an intellectual acceptance of God, or believing certain doctrines to be true or orthodox (although those things might well be good). Such intellectual assent does not usually change your heart or your lifestyle. I’m convinced that much modern atheism is a result of such a heady and really ineffective definition of faith.

     Both Jesus’ and Paul’s notion of faith is much better translated as foundational confidence or trust that God cares about what is happening right now. This is clearly the quality that Jesus fully represents and then praises in other people.

     God refuses to be known intellectually. God can only be loved and known in the act of love; God can only be experienced in communion. This is why Jesus “commands” us to move toward love and fully abide there. Love is like a living organism, an active force-field upon which we can rely, from which we can draw, and which we can allow to pass through us. I am afraid you can believe doctrines (e.g., virgin birth, biblical inerrancy, Real Presence in bread and wine, etc.) to be true and not enjoy such a radical confidence in love or God at all. Richard Rohr


Volunteers are needed to host the Fellowship Hour after 10:30 a.m. Sunday liturgies. Please consider volunteering for this ministry of hospitalityy. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.


The parish choir is taking a break for the summer, but we have an impromptu choir with a "One Song, One Sunday" commitment - all parishioners are invited. We rehearse before the service to learn a simple hymn or anthem to present in worship that day. If you enjoy singing and would like to do this in the summer, speak to Steven Patchel or just show up one Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.


Highlands Voice Deadline: 4:00 p.m. each Tuesday for the next week’s issue.

Phillip Stephens, Parish Administrator and Highlands Voice Editor

Office hours: 8:30 – 1:30, Monday through Friday.

Phone: 302.658.7326 ext. 2



Link to Lectionary Page


Isaiah 44:6-8

Psalm 86:11-17

Romans 8:12-25

Matthew 13:24-30,



Osun North East -

(Ibadan, Nigeria):

Humphery Olumakaiye, Bishop

St. Stephen’s Church, Harrington:

John H.S. Wright, Pastor

Kevin Brown,

Bishop-Elect of Delaware

Those who support our Sunday morning worship: our Altar Guild, Bread Bakers, Nursery Volunteers, Flower Guild, and Fellowship Hosts

Those in need of our prayers for strength, guidance or healing: Maria, Christopher, Jeremy, Joan, Janie,

Richard, George, Cathy, Leslee, Victoriano, Tom, Beverley, Eve, Molly, Keith, Austin, Kim, The People of San Maros, The People of San Marco, Guatemala, George, Barb, Rebecca, Aileen, Judy, Aixa, Fam, Salvador,  Thelma, George, Carolyn, Rod, Melissa, Steven, Norman, Libby, Richard, Sylvia, Missie

Those that are on assignment in the Middle East and throughout the world in the service of their country: Lupita, Tim, Adrian, Derek

Those who have died, and for the comfort of their families:


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