Greetings and a warm welcome to all. I want to thank all of you for being here today on this Homecoming-Rally Sunday. It is a special day that we gather together after a summer break in order to worship, eat together, remember the past, and look to the future. I want to thank Bishop Harris for serving as our celebrant today. It is a joy to serve at the altar with him. I also want to thank Wayne Gallimore for sharing with us some of the wonderful stories and history of our parish.
Today in our Gospel from Mark, Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” I believe that we as Christians strive everyday to answer that question. We may ask ourselves, “Who is Jesus Christ for us?” In answering this question we also endeavor to live into the answer. Our joy as Christians each day is lived and expressed in service to God in Christ. The opportunities are endless. I want to share with you a familiar prayer attributed to St. Francis that I believe can serve as a guide for us all.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace, Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. (BCP, 833)
Rev Carol Phillips Marshall
Presentation by Wayne Gallimore
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