Rector's Pledge Letter
November 8, 2019, 9:00 AM


“You are the light of the world!
You are the light of the world!
But if that light is under a bushel,
It's lost something kind of crucial
You've got to stay bright to be the light of the world.”
                                                — Godspell

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 These words, adapted from Matthew 5:14, remind us in a fun way that, although our light may be shining, “something kind of crucial” is lost if we don’t bring the light we have out into the world, for all to see, for the glory of our generous God and the building of the kingdom.

 This past year, I have seen that light demonstrated joyfully in our own parish: in our worship, learning programs, care for our facilities, and in our service to the wider community.

 You know the stories as well as I: new ministries, such as the Ladies Lunch Bunch Fun-Raisers and the Prayer Quilts, have taken root, while others, such as the St Cecilia Festival and the Annual Blessing of the Animals, have continued to grow to involve more members of our larger community, such that we not only offer grace and hospitality, we also receive it. The active roles you take on in the liturgy, the caring you bring to one another, the prayers we offer, and the blessings we share are all signs of the love of God let loose in our lives!

 I am, quite simply, overjoyed at the generosity of the people of Christ Church, because when we

bring our light out into the world, we express our gratitude, confidence, and willingness to take risks as agents of Jesus remaking the world. In making our light visible, we keep our salt flavorful, as Jesus puts it in these words from
The Message:

 “Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.”

 Indeed, our work, our prayers and our giving are all about making God’s flavors, colors, and love visible and available to all in our lives. And they are about our willingness to accept the challenge to stretch and grow, into our individual purpose, and into the mission of our church.

 I ask all of you to reflect on the gifts you have received, and to consider how God is calling you to risk “flavoring” the world with your time, talents and treasure. I pray that we will join together to give abundantly to bring light into our lives and the world around us.