Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.

2/02/2006

Perspective

The bridge from Biloxi east on US 90 remains in ruins

Church of the Redeemer Biloxi's steel frame with a street sign pointing the wayI'm back from Biloxi, having driven 8 hours yesterday to arrive in time for Wednesday evening worship and then Bible Study. So I'm too tired and its a bit too soon for real perspective. Instead, I offer the following photos, with more to follow at our web page on Church of the Redeemer recovery.

Know that the scope of the disaster is beyond a small group of photos to show. With the exception of the bridge photo above, I offer instead a few photos of the ruins of Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi and also photos of Camp Biloxi, which is an important part of the Lutheran Episcopal Disaster Response.

Church of the Redeemer, Biloxi
A panorama of the church ruins.

Father Harold Roberts
Father Harold Roberts stands in a Sunday School room that was recently licensed as a day care (prior to Hurricane Katrina that is). It's in the ruined Christian Education/Office building behind the slab and steel beams, which are all that is left of the church building. Marks on the wall show the flood damage.

An Episcopal flag flies from the ruins of a Hurricane Camille memorial which was on the grounds of Redeemer
An Episcopal flag flies from the ruins of a Hurricane Camille memorial which was on the grounds of Redeemer.

Camp Biloxi
Inside one of the bunk-house tents. Each will sleep 64 workers
A view of the bunk house tents in Camp Biloxi, which is on the grounds of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Nearby Bethel Lutheran houses a clinic and volunteers as well. One is a Missorui Synod Lutheran Church, the other is ELCA. Both are joined with Episcoplains in their response through Lutheran Episcopal Disaster Response. It is amazing to see the level of cooperation and the commitment to a sustained response on the ground in Biloxi.

Inside one of the bunk-house tents. Each will sleep 64 workers
Inside one of the bunk-house tents. Each will sleep 64 workers.

volunteers sleep on the floor of Bethel Lutheran's sanctuary (except on Sunday)
Here Bethel Lutheran has volunteers sleeping in the sanctuary and Sunday School rooms and eating three times daily in their fellowship hall. They hold nightly communion services for the workers, who do move the beds out for Sunday worship and Sunday School.

I am humbled by the commitment of the churches and the Christians on the Gulf Coast and pray both that we could respond as well to tragedy in our community and that we won't have to do so.

peace,

Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor
King of Peace Episcopal Church

2 Comments:

  • At 2/02/2006 10:32 AM, Anonymous William said…

    It's all in the perspective.

    Psalm 46
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

    Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

    There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

    God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

    The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

    The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

    Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

    He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

    Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

    The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

     
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