C049 (Establishing Annual Commemoration for Father Fred Yerkes, Priest and Missionary, January 30)

House of Bishops Message #212

The House of Bishops informs the House of Deputies that on Jul 9, 2022 it considered resolution C049 (Establishing Annual Commemoration for Father Fred Yerkes, Priest and Missionary, January 30). The house acted to:

Refer to an Interim Body

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring,

That January 30 (the first open day after his January 25th death date) be set forth as a commemoration for Father Fred Yerkes. Father Fred Yerkes faithfully served innumerable small churches with unflagging zeal for fifty years; his Godly example reminds us of the worth of small churches; and be it further

Resolved, that those churches founded or served by Father Fred Yerkes be strongly encouraged to have an annual commemoration on January 30th or some other convenient date; and be it further

Resolved, that this convention contact the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of The Episcopal Church to memorialize this Fred Yerkes commemoration for inclusion in "A Great Cloud of Witnesses;" and be it further

Resolved, the following collect and readings are set forth for that commemoration: O God, our strength and our salvation, you called your servant Fred Yerkes to be a faithful shepherd of your people by preaching, teaching, and planting churches in small communities. Multiply among us faithful pastors who will give inspiration to those who are small in number, yet continue to gather in the Risen Christ’s name; and bring us all, we pray, into the fellowship of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Jeremiah 1:4-7;
For the Psalm: Christ our Passover, Pascha nostrum;
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
Mark 16:5-8 + the shorter ending