Weekly thoughts from the Rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where these words remind us that Jesus’ peace goes with us into the world.
Generation Found is an incredibly powerful and inspiring documentary film about adolescent recovery in our city that will premiere in Houston on July 27. Archway Academy, which is the largest high school in the United States for teenagers in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse, and Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, which is home for the main campus of Archway, are both featured prominently in it.
Although tickets to that premiere have sold out, you can rest assured that there will be future opportunities to see Generation Found here in Houston. In the meantime, I would encourage you to pray for the work of Archway Academy, bringing life out of death, which I truly believe is the work of the Holy Spirit. You can do that right now:
O blessed Jesus, you ministered to all the people who came to you. Look with compassion on the students of Archway Academy and the adolescents of this city who have lost their health and freedom through addiction. Restore them to the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove the fears that attack them; strengthen those who are engaged in the work of recovery; and to those who care for them, especially their loved ones, their alternative peer groups, and Archway’s faculty and staff, give honesty, understanding, and the same kind of persevering love with which you embrace us; for your mercy’s sake. Amen.
— The Rev. Neil Alan Willard, Rector