The Holy Spirit and Sacred Renewal
October 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Like St. Paul, I find myself beginning more and more of my writing with thanks for the work that God is doing in our midst, and for the faithful witness that you are providing in our church, in our neighborhoods and in the world. You bring many gifts, and more importantly, you bring your hearts to this journey we walk together.

I am thrilled to see new people coming, as well. Let’s not keep it a secret, what brings us here: it is the friendship and welcome, as much as it is the liturgy, that encourages and enheartens all of us. It is the love of God that we share with one another, through Word and in Sacrament, in coffee and song, in caring and sharing and holding in prayer. It is in our patience and tolerance and trust with and in each other as we work through the challenges life throws our way.

Thank you for all this. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to work here at Christ Church!

As we wind up our sermon series on the Baptismal Vows, we can see how closely linked they are to the Gospel. But did you know that most of the prayers, including the Eucharistic Prayers, are sourced in the Bible? If there is one good reason to amend the Book of Common Prayer, it will be to start listing the Scriptural references that lie hidden now. But there is another place we can look to see God’s Word and Work: in the World. Jesus himself points the way:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” (Mt 6:25-26)

And he’s not the only one: See Psalm 104, Job 12:7-10, and Wisdom 11:24-12:1, just for starters. 

Many find spiritual renewal more easily in nature than in church. Spending time outdoors is good for the body and good for the soul. After all, we, too, are of the earth, which God created for the joy and “good” of it.