We are called and sent, called to union with Christ and sent into the world as His ambassadors. There are four stories I want to celebrate with you today, stories of people connected to Christ Church who are in a crossroads moment of being called and sent by the Triune God.
First, Brian Murphy will be ordained a deacon, along with several others from our diocese, this Saturday at 6 p.m. at 112 Medina St.. Many of us have been personally blessed by his pastoral ministry and know how right it is for God’s people to affirm and witness this public celebration. Come join us!
In 2012 Christ Church planted Light of Christ Anglican Church in the Georgetown area. We sent out Fr. Steve Pope and Fr. Billy Disch, the former Rector of Christ Church, as part-time church planters, taking up the call of new ministry in their seventies! They are heroes of lifelong discipleship. Light of Christ has now taken a big step of faith, calling a young priest, (Fr. Kurt Hein, pictured with his wife Anna) to join them full time and lead them to reach out to the greater Georgetown area as an intergenerational congregation. You can learn a bit more about Fr. Kurt here.
Christ Church is just one week away from planting our second church in recent years, Church of the Cross. Fr. Peter and his family and about ninety adults and children will be commissioned as ambassadors of Christ in NE Austin next Sunday the 22nd. Please continue to pray for them as they boldly invite their neighbors, co-workers and peers to “come and see” Christ and his community.
Lastly, this Sunday Bishop Todd will be with us in both services as about twenty people, both youth and adults, are confirmed. This is a public identification with Christ and this historic and global stream of His family. The bishop will pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon those being confirmed. These confirmands join the company of all the saints, called and sent to announce the good news that in Jesus Christ all things are reconciled to God.