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Title:Diocese of Albany Home
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Albany Episcopalian
The May 2014 issue of the Albany Episopalian
is now available by clicking the link above!
Calendar of Events
Christ the King
Spiritual Life Center
Church Directory
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Faith Stories
Financial Documents
Marks of Discipleship
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Youth Ministry
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Online (public
domain hymns)
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Welcome to our Diocese!
The Diocese of Albany is One Church fulfilling the Great Commandment
and the Great Commission,moving from membership to discipleship;equipping,
emboldening, and sending disciplesto make disciples.
The 3rd quarter Diocesan Intercessory prayer list
is now available! Click here
to download a copy!
Faith Stories
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the
hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up... (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV)
Our current faith story comes from Janet Bunce,
St. Augustine's Church, Ilion.
I'm not quite sure if I know exactly when my faith story started. I think that it probably started
somewhere, stopped along the way, and then started up again. It has been a bumpy ride with lots of
detours and side roads taken along the way.
I think things began to change for me when I was in my 20's. How did it happen? I'm not sure. I know
that my mom and I had talked about some things, and I started attending an Episcopal Church that she
and my dad had found. It was around this time that my mom found out that she had pancreatic cancer.
That news hit me hard. My mom was my best friend! But I knew that she had a strong faith, and the
priest at that Episcopal Church helped my mom through a lot. She was one tough cookie. I also know
that God helped her get through her surgery, treatments, and doctor's appointments.
I think it was at this time that I started to have a stronger faith in God. If my mom could do it, I
thought, so could I. I would see the priest come and visit my mom at the hospital and at my parent's
house. I would sit, watch, and listen. I was attending church regularly, becoming involved in some of
the fellowship activities, and really developing some great friendships. I also listened to the
sermons, and they were making sense to me! I picked up my Bible, some other Christian literature, and
began reading about God again.
I remember one particular night that the priest had stopped in. My mom was not doing well and Hospice
was involved. However, I remember sitting on the bed with my mom, my dad, and the priest. My mom
looked at the priest and said she was ready. She then looked at us and said it was okay to cry. Oh
boy, did I cry! But just knowing that my mom said she was ready, I was starting to feel more okay
with the idea of my mom leaving us. She said she was ready to go to the Kingdom. WOW! I was learning
that we can't control life - only God can. However, He will help us and protect us, take care of us,
and love us, no matter what happens! I didn't want my mom to suffer anymore. I wanted her to go in
peace. She was at peace, she knew where she was going, and she was ready! I don't think God wanted my
mom to suffer. That was never His plan. I know that she is still with me in some way, and I hold
strong to the many memories I have of her.
I still attended that church after my mom passed away, but I began to feel restless there. It was
hard to think about leaving the church I had been attending, because I knew that the priest there had
done a lot for my mom and my family, but I felt that I needed to find a different place to worship,
and soon I found my new home. I knew this was the place, since I felt connected during the first
service I was there. Since attending this church, I definitely have grown in my faith. Through many
book discussions, Bible studies, meetings, conversations, and other activities, I have learned a lot
about Jesus.
I have learned that we can have a relationship with Jesus. I talk to God and He talks to me. I know
that now l look forward to attending church and can't wait for Sundays. I am familiar with the
readings and I have a new love for Jesus. I find myself thinking all of the time about the sermons,
and they are making a connection with my life. When I sit down and pray and think, I am seeing so
many connections. Yes, I definitely have this relationship with Jesus, and it is getting stronger,
and I am "going deeper" in my passion for Him.
The big change came for me, though, while I was attending Cursillo. Cursillo is amazing! You are
nervous on the ride up and exhausted on the ride home. However, what a ride it is! That weekend
opened me up, made me think about who I am, what I am supposed to do, and made me seriously start to
think about listening more while having conversations with God. What is it that He wants me to do? He
is the one in control, not me! Since attending Cursillo I have definitely felt a change in myself. It
is really hard to explain. Maybe those of you who have been can understand. Once again, I am starting
to have a deeper and deeper relationship with Jesus. Lately, He has listened to me and spoken to me
to help me get through some rough patches in my life. I have had to listen and really think about
what He is telling me. Sometimes, it isn't what I want to hear, but when I listen and obey, I feel so
much better. God knows what I am supposed to do, a lot more than I do! I also think that He is asking
me to do some new things, but I'm still having those conversations with Him.
This is where I am right now in my faith journey. I have no idea where it's going to lead me. But I
have a strong faith, and I put my trust in Him. I know that He will help me figure out where I'm
supposed to go in this journey that we call life. He is my Strength and my Comforter. I know not to
be afraid, because He loves me and I love Him. Through Him, all things are possible.
To contact Janet Bunce, click
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