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The Lord's Burdens

Standing Rock Sioux ReservationWhen I had first come to work at Standing Rock Reservation, the church couldn't afford a salary of any kind. The bishop told me, "I don't want you to be in need!" "Bishop," I replied piously from Philippians 4.19 "My God will meet all my needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Several times after that however, a much needed check mysteriously arrived in the mail with the inscription, "I don't like to leave all the burdens to the Lord!" His constant concern for our work was always appreciated and especially when he happened to drop into one of our services at the Standing Rock Reservation in Porcupine South Dakota.

South Dakota Service

Standing Rock LogoOur Lay-reader, Eagle Bull, led the service that day at St. Julia's, nestled among the picturesque pines, canyons and cliffs in South Dakota. It turned out to be quite a marathon! First, we had a time of Gospel singing, then a testimony, then a full evensong service and a call to deeper commitment. We then had laying on of hands, which involved just about everyone in the congregation, followed by the bishop's sermon. Time passed by! That was not the end, for immediately after the service we retired to a feast when many others got up to speak. Later the Bishop quipped, "You are cruel to your bishop when he comes to visit you!"

"Standing Rock Reservation"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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