You(th) in the ‘Hood

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes, Frontpage News

Dear Christ Church,

Earlier this week our youth group (pictured) walked the streets of our church neighborhood knocking on doors and caroling. What they did literally in the downtown Eastside—voice God’s praise and announce his coming—is a metaphor for what it means for every one of us to enter our neighborhoods year-round with good tidings of great joy.

“The word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” This is such a vivid picture of the incarnation:  Jesus our neighbor, whom we might find at his workbench, or in the garden, or coming and going a few units down in the apartment building. The Message translation continues, “We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” Can you imagine the glory of God in your neighborhood, generous and true?

Behind the glass panes of each window we pass on our streets are people with hopes and longings, pain and loneliness, questions and heartache. More than they might realize, their Healer and Redeemer came, comes now, and will come again. Let’s keep loving our neighbors as ourselves and praying for them. Is there a neighbor that you might be able to invite to our Christmas Eve services, or otherwise reach out to during the holidays for whom this season might be painful?

Peace on Earth,

P.S.  If you have not yet read the end of year Letter from the Rector and Vestry, you can find it here.