My Siblings in Christ
The end of the summer has a feeling of drifting back together. The choir returns, Sunday School restarts. We begin to shrug ourselves back into vestments and the comfortable rhythm of the ancient liturgies that mark out time week by week and expand our horizons backwards and forwards through a great cloud of witnesses …
There are also ways in which we can be intentional about coming back together. The choir returns, the Sunday School restarts. We renew our commitment to attend to one another week by week. We begin, just a little bit, to anticipate the crowning of the year, Christ the King, and after that, Advent …
Over the summer, a group of church leaders have met with the Mayor of Euclid and her assistant to be intentional about coming together, meeting together to discern the needs of our communities, and how we can help one another to lift each other up. Of course, as churches, we begin with worship. We begin with the Word of God to the people of God, and we respond together, “Amen.”
So I invite all of us to be together at the first Euclid Ecumenical Service for Unity on September 25th, at the Cathedral Worship Center on Euclid Ave. Our own Bishop Williams will offer an Invocation, and I will preach. Choirs from around Euclid will lead music, and leaders from our neighboring churches will offer the Word of God, especially from John 17:
“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me, and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
I ask for your prayers and presence as we drift back together on the last breath of summer, that we may know ourselves to be one family, children of one God, and that we may be faithful in giving thanks to our Creator.