I recently heard a story about a parishioner who has been away for a time and returned back home. They excitedly commented to another parishioner that they hardly recognized many of the people who were in church with them.
My response when hearing this was, “That’s great! It means we are growing. It means that we are working towards the Mission of the Church. It means that all of us are doing “That E-Word” (Evangelism). Congratulations Y’all! Keep up the good work!
Now, don’t think that we’ve forgotten those of you who have been around a while or are long time members! We need and want you to be here, too! We need everyone to be present as much as possible - we miss you when you are not here with us.
We are growing a community that is focused on spreading God’s love and grace in the world. That is the mission of the Church after all. There are so many places for you to be involved in the ministries we actively participate in and support financially. When we come together to serve each other and others, we are being the Church.
Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours. ~ Teresa of Avila
Thank you for all you do and God bless you!
It is also important for us to gather together to give thanks and praise to God. This too is the work of the Church. When we worship together we strengthen ourselves and each other; we give each other hope, we carry each other’s needs, and we spread the love and grace of God. Jesus calls us to continue to celebrate the Holy Eucharist “for the remembrance of me”. As Episcopalians we believe that the Holy Eucharist is “The principal act of Christian Worship on the Lord’s Day” (BCP pg. 13). This tradition is how we honor, love, and show our gratitude to God for God’s gifts of grace and redemption to the whole world. (It is also exciting to worship in a church that is full of our friends and neighbors.)
As the hints of fall begin to appear and the beauty of God’s creation springs forth with color and cooler weather, I hope that you will take time to notice. I hope that you will make time to worship, to serve, to give thanks, and to grow God’s love in this place.
Fr. Will ✝