Collect: Samuel Shoemaker, Priest and Evangelist, 1963 (Jan 31)

The Rev. Samuel ShoemakerBorn in Baltimore in 1893, Sam Shoemaker was a highly influential priest of the Episcopal Church and is remembered for his empowerment of the ministry of the laity.

While attending Princeton University, Shoemaker came under the influence of several major evangelical thinkers, among them Robert Speer and John Mott. After  college he spent several years in China and came under the influence of Frank Buchman, founder of The Oxford Group, a group initially oriented toward the personal evangelization of the wealthy and influential. Although he would eventually break from Buchman, aspects of the Oxford Group’s approach would influence Shoemaker for the rest of his life. […]

Two significant movements—Faith at Work and Alcoholics Anonymous—have their roots in Shoemaker’s work at Calvary Church, New York City. Read more…

Holy Women, Holy Men

Holy God, we thank you for the vision of Samuel Shoemaker, priest and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous; and we pray that we may follow his example to help others find salvation through knowledge and love of Jesus Christ our  Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Do you really want to “help others find salvation through knowledge and love of Jesus Christ”? Does the vision of Samuel Shoemaker resonate with you? Is this your calling? Is this our calling? How does his work inspire our work today in the Jesus Movement? Just a few questions Sam’s life and example and this Collect raise for us today. ~Fr. Dan

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Author: Daniel Rondeau

I am a husband and father and an Episcopal Priest (from the Diocese of San Diego; "Retired" due to illness).

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