From The Rector

To show people Jesus

In this Sunday’s gospel reading, we see a group of outsiders come to the disciples saying: We want to see Jesus. Nowadays it is a popular thing for churches to have mission statements. We even have one here at St. Tim’s: “We strive to embrace all people with the love of Jesus.” But, more and more, I hear from people outside the church who don’t really care what a church’s mission statement is as a community.

Studying the Gospel of Luke and Acts

During the seasons of Lent and Easter we are, as a congregation, invited to read the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. We have six bible study groups meeting to discuss, engage, share, and grow together through engaging our holy scriptures. You can still join a group by signing up in the church lobby. And, on Sundays, at 9am, we meet in the library to engage the texts for the week—all are welcome.

Your "God-box"

Where do you see God active in your life? It’s a question that might make your stomach drop or give you pause for thoughtful reflection. In my experience, most people believe that the answer to this question is “church”. That might be Sunday worship or it might be small group Bible studies or particularly, serving our neighbors at St. Francis Center, House of Hope or any community partner. It’s a way of saying that most people think that God is active, we see and know and experience God, in “churchy settings”.

I’m a conservative

Among a lot of my peers, I realize I’m a conservative. In fact, I’d bet my whole month’s pay you are too. Now, when I say this, I’m not thinking about a religious or political category; I’m not thinking about the religious fundamentalism that arose in our country in the 19th century and that is prevalent today or a certain partisan politics (I hope you see, too, that such categories are not always helpful).

The best seller of all best sellers

Every year, over 100 million Bibles are sold or given away. It is the best seller of all best sellers. There is no question about it. The Bible is life changing. It enraptures the mind, takes over the heart, confounds our thinking, and sometimes confuses us to no end. The Bible is a deep and tempestuous sea, which carries us across choppy waters and the doldrums of life, to new and unexplored lands of the heart.

A time for us to celebrate!

This Sunday, we have one worship service at 9am, followed by our Annual Meeting. Sunday school and childcare will be provided. This Sunday is a time for us to celebrate our common life together here, as we root ourselves in our faith and, in particular this Sunday, the witness of our patron saint—St. Timothy. Perhaps you know something of St. Timothy, perhaps nothing at all—so, let me share just a few words about him.

Peace in this season

By now you might be feeling the rush of the season with last minute shopping, preparations, and school finals! It is that time of year. Know that with all of the frenetic energy, there is peace at the center in knowing God’s love. So, take some time this week and find a moment or some space to take a deep breath and rest in your belovedness and the goodness of God’s creation around us.

 

You are loved!

I don’t know about you, but I find myself, during these weeks leading up to Christmas, simultaneously filled by the joy and anticipation of the season, as well as running from one activity to another, barely on top of what’s coming next. This year in particular, it might feel like four weeks is not enough time to get ready for Christmas. There is a sense, perhaps, that “I just can’t get it all done.” Well, here’s the good news: You don’t have to.