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The Clergy Corner
I truly enjoyed being able to join with you to bless the garden at Holy Spirit this past Sunday. A gust of wind came along at just the right time to make me feel like I was about to sail away. It hit my vestments perfectly and they billowed out, kite-like. Once we were safely inside again, I realized that I see such experiences differently now that I am familiar with the story of Scripture. A gust of wind reminds me of the Holy Spirit arriving with the sound of a violent wind at Pentecost. When I'm working outside with the hose and I get wet by accident, I find myself saying, "Time to remember my baptism!" I can assure you these thoughts were not normal for me a couple decades ago.
The transformation that is provided in Christ really is the work of a lifetime. One of the best parts of our tradition is that it provides us methods to grow spiritually, day by day. The Episcopal Church has daily prayers, saints' days to celebrate, and a liturgical year changing with the seasons. All of that is for the glory of God and for the good of humanity. It helps us to grow, to see things differently, and to look for God day by day.
Becoming a Christian is the work of a lifetime. It begins with the gift of baptism, but it doesn't end there. That's why we say we "practice" our faith - because we're all practicing. We don't reach perfection in this lifetime. But when we are intentional about seeking God's presence and doing good in God's name, God grows us - sometimes beyond what we ever expected.
I can assure you that my teenage atheist self would be astonished at what God has done in my life! I am grateful for that journey, even with all its twists and turns. And I am looking forward to continuing to practice Christianity for a lifetime. Every day I hope to grow just a touch more.
Thoughts to Ponder
“The whole material universe is an expression and incarnation of the creative energy of God… For that reason, all good and creative handling of the material universe is holy and beautiful, and all abuse of the material universe is a crucifixion of the body of Christ.”
Dorothy Sayers, “Creed or Chaos?”
Eucharist will be available on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of each month.
All other Sundays will be Morning Prayer service.