Looking Back and Forward – Reflection for 2 September 2018
Over the past several months, we have described a positive vision of the Anglican tradition that doesn’t rely on comparison to other traditions:
“A Biblical faith, rooted in ancient tradition, relevant for the questions and challenges of today, and with a bright hope for the future.”
We have described the teaching values of the parish as “submitted to the authority of Scripture, formed by liturgy and Sacrament, and joined together on a Sacred journey.” We have further described that Sacred journey as learning to live inside out by allowing our identity in Christ as beloved children of the Father to inform the way we see ourselves, our circumstances, and those around us.
As I look forward to the coming year, I’ve already mentioned that I would like to have a parish retreat and to have a catechesis class that leads up to confirmation and reception by the Bishop. I’m still working to schedule these events.
Beyond these events, I have three goals for our growth as individuals and as a parish. First, I pray that we grow in our commitment to the Gospel. I pray that we yield to the power of the Gospel of Christ to transform us and to transform the way we see others. Second, I pray that we grow in our commitment to prayer. I pray that together we will pray for one another, our parish, our neighbors and I pray that we will grow in our ability to listen and experience God in our prayer life. Third, I pray that we will grow in our commitment to community. I pray that as we experience the inevitable tensions, misunderstandings, disagreements, and hurts that come with being a member of any group that we will grow such that Christ’s love in us and our love for one another is stronger than anything that might come between us.
Over the next several weeks, we will use this space to explore what it means to be:
Committed to the Gospel
Committed to Prayer
Committed to Community