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A Thursday Reflective Moment from Fr. Joe
October 23, 2014
It was an enlightening ten days that I was away. In addition to viewing the battlefields, monuments and other symbols of death which mark so much of Northern Virginia, I also stopped into a couple of very large “impressive” and historically significant Episcopal Churches – merely playing the role of tourist!
Our parish is by no means unique in its struggle to revive and be relevant. I observed the handiwork of clergy and vestries trying to lease their unused space, maintain physical plants, and keep their parish together. The macro issues facing our parish are not unique to us: clearly it is no longer “fashionable” to be a Christian. It may be an “inconvenient truth” but to be a Christian involves commitment and response. The Lord gives faith…and we’re called to respond in faith and trust and to live into the Good News of Christ!
I’ve come home believing that every parish community in the Episcopal Church USA is being called to renewal. What our parish will be in the future is not yet written. However, if we remain open to God’s call, we will not merely be monuments on a battlefield but signs of hope to a world that clearly needs God and hope! Strong by ‘17.
Calling all local vampires, super heroes, witches and princesses! Festivities start at South Salem Presbyterian Church with trunk’n’treat, safety minute with a Lewisboro police officer and Halloween craft and game activities. Children will then proceed parade-style down Spring Street with the Lewisboro police officer to St. John’s for Disney Halloween cartoons and movies under the stars! Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served.
This year’s John Lewis Day Celebration was a great success despite the rain! St. Paul’s Chapel was filled with music performed by many different musicians including the Antioch Baptist Church Choir.