Crossing Brokenness

Matt DampierCliffNotes, Frontpage News

Today’s guest post is by Associate Rector Matt Dampier.

Dear Christ Church,

Eighteen years ago, I found myself drawn to Christianity because two Young Life leaders invited me to a unique worship service. Through laughter and friendship, these friends were sharing the gospel with me.

Two years ago, I found myself on the Canterbury Trail attracted to the Anglican Church for a number of reasons. Towards the top of that list was the sense of unity in the Anglican Communion. Though we live under a wide tent, still we are united around the Scriptures organized around the leadership of a bishop.

Evangelism and unity. These have been two touchstones in my journey with Christ.

This Sunday night we are hosting an event called Crossing Brokenness. The four Anglican Churches in our diocese, C4SO, will all be present. We’ll worship with Church of the Cross, Light of Christ, and Resurrection Anglican. And though our bishop can’t be present in person, we’ll hear a message from him.

We’ll talk about the gospel. Is it good news? And if so, how is it really good news? We’ll hear from three different folks in our communities about how they’ve witnessed the gospel pierce brightly into the brokenness of life, bringing healing to broken bodies, broken hearts, and broken communities. After the storytelling, we’ll share in the Eucharist together, another sign of deep unity.

Our main hope for the night is that we fall in love again with the power of the gospel, believing it is truly “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).

Come this Sunday night at 6pm. Light snacks and drinks provided and childcare for ages 5 and under. I’d encourage you to invite a friend who hasn’t yet heard the story of how God—through the cross—is bringing healing to the world.

Grace. Peace.