4 November 2016
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Dear Cathedral friends and Congregation of Saint Saviour,
Yesterday or the day before, you received a letter from the wardens and stewardship chair and a pledge card. I encourage you to read the letter. I also encourage you to explore what it means to give to the Congregation, to be a part of the Congregation, and in turn, the Cathedral, the Diocese, the Church, and above all, the body of Christ on earth. I also encourage you to give generously.
Today, I'm sitting in Diocesan Convention in Tarrytown, New York. Gathered together with priests and lay people from every corner of the diocese, we elect people to various offices, discuss and possibly approve changes to the structure and working of the diocese, and share meals and fellowship with others. Some people are from giant churches, some from small country churches, and, of course, our obscure and peculiar place within the Cathedral all gather together to, amongst other things, discuss what it means to be a Church.
Tomorrow, at the 11 AM service, there will be a very different gathering to celebrate what it means to be the Church. Moving the Feast of All Saints to Sunday, we will celebrate the baptisms of a whole host of babies and adults. Joined with everyone who worships in the Cathedral - congregants, tourists, quiet back row sitters and everyone in between will witness the vows and the transformative Sacrament as the body of Christ spreads forth into the world with water, oil, and the Spirit.
Some parts of all that, I must admit, I find more thrilling than other parts, but all are significant parts of who we are as a people, as a Congregation, as a Church, as a part of the Episcopal Church, and as the Body of Christ on earth. All remind us that we join in a full communion of saints in heaven and on earth in a whole array of forms. All give us chances to collaborate and collide and explore ways we have never imagined, perhaps misunderstood, and could ever renew of what it means as individuals and community seeking ever more to serve and partake of the endless gifts of Christ.
I hope to see you all before long. I hope to see your pledge cards. I hope to see you at the baptisms. I hope to witness you all ever more exploring what it means to be part of the body of Christ in the Cathedral and the Church.
In the meanwhile, you have my prayers.