Dear Christ Church,
School is back, one hundred degree days won’t go away and a fantastic Christ Church Sunday is on it’s way. Let me tell you about five important things on this Hodgepodge Friday, beginning with what we have planned for Sunday.
1] Vision. This Sunday in worship I will spend some of the sermon time talking about our vision at Christ Church, and some special emphases that God will be leading us into for the coming year especially.
2] This Sunday is our House Party! We kick off the year with a party in our church offices and parking lot after the 2nd service. We’ll have great food, fun for the kids and a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones. You’ll also have the chance to look into the small group options that might fit best for you. See below for details.
3] Welcome Sarah Smith! I am very happy to announce that Sarah Smith began this week as Christ Church’s first pastoral intern. We believe that God wants to use our parish as a place where people like Sarah can explore a calling to parish ministry and gain some experience before or while taking seminary courses. Sarah is a graduate of Trinity University, spent six years on InterVarsity staff at the University of Texas, and is currently enrolled part-time in Fuller Seminary’s Master of Divinity program. If you took her class this summer on the gospel of Mark, you know how gifted and humble she is, and what a gift she will be to our community. She joined our staff retreat this week and fit right in. Please join us in welcoming Sarah to the team.
4] Racial Reconciliation. Please continue in prayer for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and for the racial reconciliation within that, and our own and every community. I hope we can all spend some time with these good articles, here and here, that remind us of the vital Christian call to racial reconciliation and challenge us to get inside the heart and see through the eyes of other cultures and ethnicities.
5] A Red Sunday. We are in the season of Pentecost, which normally means green is the liturgical color for worship on Sundays. However, because of the recent persecution and martyrdom of Christians in Iraq, Fr. Andrew White, the Anglican “Vicar of Baghdad”, has been vesting in red lately. Fr. White has remained in Baghdad for many years, through danger and discomfort, to bear witness to the love and peace of Jesus in that war-torn land. Archbishop Foley has invited Anglican parishes in North America to also vest in red this Sunday, in honor of the martyrs.