The Divine Mystery exists in each of us. We are Stewards of that Mystery.
We have had a remarkable twenty-four hours at Christ Church.
Yesterday, we honored the dedicated volunteers who chair the various departments of Rummage. We had a simple, delicious meal in the rectory and thanked them for their leadership and their countless hours of service to an enterprise which touches so many on multiple levels. It would be a long and passionate discussion if we tried to discover which group of people benefits the most from the work of Rummage.
Our Stewardship Dinner on Tuesday night was a wonderful event for parish. Thoughtful and thorough preparations, seamlessly executed by a team of people led with grace by Sarah McCool; lively conversation; especially fine music performed by Andy Gullahorn, a songwriter of remarkable insight and Christian wisdom; and a keynote address by Jim Nutter, an old friend and experienced priest and Christian, which was at once tender, direct, and humorous.
People received a copy of Bob Bradner’s second piece of work on the history of Christ Church, handsomely laid out by Molly Ethridge. This volume focuses on the buildings at 470 Maple Street and is a companion to his earlier book on the history of the Church on the Hill. Bob has done us the kindness of chronicling life here from our earliest days to the present; his singular devotion to telling our story is a significant gift to us and to those who have worked so hard to bring us to this day.
Then there was Noah. Noah Hillerbrand leaves for the Diocese of Renk in the Republic of South Sudan tomorrow. We have encouraged him with help of all kinds, spiritual and material, as he answers the call he heard from God to go and live with Bishop Joseph Garang Atem for a time, serving the people in that community. In an unscripted moment at the end of our dinner, Noah’s presence reminded us of what we have been focusing on during this season leading up to Cornerstone Sunday this week: Use what you got. Be all in. Use the Cornerstones to receive the peace of God. Lean on each other. Say ‘yes’ to God.
What struck me about Noah standing before us Tuesday night was that it was his turn. He is not the reminder that we are stewards of the mystery inside us; he was a reminder. The room was full of living reminders, full of people allowing the Spirit of God to lead them into a deeper fellowship with God and other people. Bob’s latest history volume reminds us that we have done that for each other for many decades, to encourage, to build up a community of people trying to follow Jesus. The fruits of that Spirit were evident.
Questions for the day:
Who are the ‘living reminders’ of God in your life? What do they do to help you experience God in your life?