Let’s Do “This” Together; Building our Faith and our Community
I believe you will find that your Vestry will be taking the Visioning Team’s process and results very seriously. I know that I will. It is very important for us to have a map, a guide, a focus as we begin to grow our church and our own faith. Just as in our society; the church also tends to be distracted, work too hard, and get derailed. Let’s go against the norms of society—Jesus did!
As I often remind us; we are setting our sights on the “greater good” of our collective voice. Having said this; we lis- tened and respected every single voice as we spent last year in our discernment process. Let’s get started!
My focus is to give you every opportunity to learn and grow in your faith journey. While doing this, we will all contin- ue to serve our Lord through the ministries that we are currently involved with and those that will need to be devel- oped—with your offerings.
Let’s start this Lent. We listened and most of us felt there was more energy and more community when we became one community instead of two on Sunday morning. Very soon, we will all be together as one community building up our community during worship as well as in our ministries.
If you look over the Visioning Goals and action items as well as my annual address, you will see that it will be teams that will see us forward; not individuals. Over the years, I have noticed that we all tend to work on our own. Is this due to busy schedules, lack of communication, or it is just easier that way? For my personal prayer life, reflections for ser- mons and articles, I need to be alone. For the work of the church; I want to be a member of a team.
Let’s also begin to come together after church to learn and grow in our faith journey. To that end, we will begin by fo- cusing on: “Being Christian.” A new book that Josh was reading at Christmas. It is authored by the former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury; Rowan Williams. Simplicity is good and he breaks down his very small, easy read into four sections:
Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and Prayer.
I will be offering a 5 week 30 minute discussion/dialogue called: Episcopal Spirituality: Through the lenses of our Bap- tism, Holy Communion, Worship Community, Prayer, and service. It will be a refresher course for all of us while also introducing or reintroducing those that desire to join our faith community. This will be our starting point; our com- pass for all that we will do in the coming year(s). If we understand who we are, we can know where we are go- ing.
Your Preaching Team is developing their library. One book on their list is a slim volume also be Rowan Williams and also new called; Meeting God in Mark. These two books that I mentions will be referred to and might be worthy of owning yourself. More on this later.
If we all come together during our transition from two communities into one, I believe we will find fruits of our labor to learn, grow, and discover God on a deeper level.