Be who you are

This past Saturday, our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gave a powerful and gospel-driven message at the royal wedding. If you haven’t seen it, take a moment, and click here. Bishop Curry has been on a bit of a whirlwind media tour, giving a good name to the Christian faith and our Episcopal Church. My favorite interview was on the Today show where there was good conversation, genuine interest, and lots of laughter—he even got to do that weather at one point with fellow Episcopalian Al Roker. You can see his Today show interview here. At one point Bishop Curry is asked if he was concerned that his message and style might not go over very well with the character of the wedding. And he replied, saying, “I didn’t know, but they had asked me to come, and that’s me, and so I showed up!” I love this honest, humble, and faithful answer. What we have to offer to one another and to God is ourselves. Our beloved, beautiful, twisted up, and maybe even frenzied selves. So often, we sense that to be a part of the church, or even perhaps, to be loved by God, we have to be something and someone different from who we are. This is a false gospel. God loves all people just as we are; and it is this loves that transforms us into a new creation. This is pretty much the whole story, too: our work is to show up and let God move in us. That’s true for most of our lives and living. Simply think of your life—your work, your friends, your family, your passions, your faith. If we can just show up, be present, give some attention, and share of ourselves, then love tends to show up too—and with it, a more full life. So, let me just encourage you to be yourself and to strive to live a life that is integrated into who you truly are. And let me just gently remind us that such work might be simple, but it is not easy. We all have work to do to look at ourselves truthfully, to see our brokenness and belovedness, to love God, to love neighbor, and to love ourselves. Know this truth: you are a gift and you are a blessing, you are God’s beloved. At the end of the day, that is who we are. Together, let’s help each other show up in this way.

 
See you Sunday,
 

 

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From the Rector


This past Saturday, our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gave a powerful and gospel-driven message at the royal wedding. If you haven’t seen it, take a moment, and click here. Bishop Curry has been on a bit of a whirlwind media tour, giving a good name to the Christian faith and our Episcopal Church. My favorite interview was on the Today show where there was good conversation, genuine interest, and lots of laughter—he even got to do that weather at one point with fellow Episcopalian Al Roker. You can see his Today show interview here. At one point Bishop Curry is asked if he was concerned that his message and style might not go over very well with the character of the wedding. And he replied, saying, “I didn’t know, but they had asked me to come, and that’s me, and so I showed up!” I love this honest, humble, and faithful answer. What we have to offer to one another and to God is ourselves. Our beloved, beautiful, twisted up, and maybe even frenzied selves. So often, we sense that to be a part of the church, or even perhaps, to be loved by God, we have to be something and someone different from who we are. This is a false gospel. God loves all people just as we are; and it is this loves that transforms us into a new creation. This is pretty much the whole story, too: our work is to show up and let God move in us. That’s true for most of our lives and living. Simply think of your life—your work, your friends, your family, your passions, your faith. If we can just show up, be present, give some attention, and share of ourselves, then love tends to show up too—and with it, a more full life. So, let me just encourage you to be yourself and to strive to live a life that is integrated into who you truly are. And let me just gently remind us that such work might be simple, but it is not easy. We all have work to do to look at ourselves truthfully, to see our brokenness and belovedness, to love God, to love neighbor, and to love ourselves. Know this truth: you are a gift and you are a blessing, you are God’s beloved. At the end of the day, that is who we are. Together, let’s help each other show up in this way.

 
See you Sunday,

PS—I will be away from the office beginning March 29th and returning June 20th for continuing education and vacation. I will be away at a clergy renewal program in North Carolina for a week that is hosted by the national church. After this time, Bethany and the boys and I will take vacation to visit family and friends on the east coast. While I am away, please know that our Senior Warden, Simon Caddick, and Junior Warden, Mark Sneden are available for any needs or issues that might arise at the church. Mother Terri and Canon Carl Andrews are available for pastoral needs. Please feel free to contact the church offices for communication with anyone of these people. Also, do welcome our Sunday supply clergy as the Rev. Bonnie Spencer and the Rev. Garry Horle will be with us on the Sundays while I am away.