OF THE CHARISMATIC EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The Charismatic Episcopal Church is comprised of men and women of faith gathered from diverse backgrounds seeking an expression of the church that is fully sacramental — liturgical, evangelical, and charismatic; a church that is submitted to the authority of scripture, as interpreted by the continuing witness of the ancient church, and governed by consensus. Our worship is Biblical, liturgical and Spirit filled, ancient and contemporary, holy and joyful. We are committed to advancing God’s kingdom by proclaiming the Gospel to the least, the lost, and the lonely.
Arguably, one of the most well known passages of scripture is the 23rd Psalm; which, of course, begins with the words, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Especially popular at funerals, this psalm is a moving declaration of God’s blessings upon our lives; blessings of provision, protection, and peace, even in the hour of our death – “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul…Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Good words indeed, assuming, of course, that they actually apply to our life; for if we truly desire the Lord’s blessings, we must likewise honor Him as our Shepherd, the One whom we follow and whose voice we obey. For when we can truly say, “The Lord is my Shepherd,” so can we also say, “I shall not be in want.”
—The Most Rev. David Simpson, Bishop of the Diocese of Florida