Joel 2:1-2,12-17

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain!

Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near-
a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!

Like blackness spread upon the mountains a great and powerful army comes; their like has never been from of old,
nor will be again after them in ages to come.

Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.

Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.

Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering
for the Lord, your God?

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people.

Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast.

Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy.

Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep.

Let them say, “Spare your people, O Lord, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations.

Why should it be said among the peoples,
`Where is their God?'”

During this time of episcopal transition the Standing Committee assumes ecclesiastical authority of the diocese. Periodic updates will be posted here. We encourage you and your parish to keep the diocese in your prayers during this time of transition.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
    It is with great disappointment and sadness, that we must postpone this afternoon’s service at St. George’s, Clifton Park, which was to have been my final service for the Diocese of Albany as your Bishop.
For the last few days I have been battling what I thought was a sinus infection. When I awoke this morning I discovered I have no sense of taste or smell. While I have no fever or difficulty breathing, I am concerned that I may have a mild case of COVID-19. Unfortunately, this being Sunday morning, there is no way to get a COVID test done to determine if in fact I have COVID-19. Because of the uncertainty, I cannot risk possibly exposing all the Diocesan Leadership who had planned to attend the service. I am so sorry. I had very much looked forward to spending this time with all of you, either in person or virtually. Once I have been tested and know it is safe to be with others, we will reschedule the service. In the meantime, I ask for your prayers for myself and Karen and our family. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, and may the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen!
In Christ’s Love,
+ Bill
The following brothers and sisters were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, January 24, 2021
Karla Parsons Banach
Jonathan Paul Beck
David Alan Carlson
Amy Elizabeth Lewis
Helene Christine Patterson