Rector’s Letter, 12/3/15
Greetings from London in Jesus’ name ! The sky is overcast, it is drizzling and the outlook is gloomy and pessimistic. The British Parliament have been debating as to whether its armed forces should be involved in fighting ISIS in Syria. The British Prime Minister is responding to a plea for help from the French Prime Minister and feels that the UK should get involved. The opposition is divided on this for a variety of reasons. The Parliament have just voted to send its air force to bomb Syria. People are fed up with conflict, suffering, death, upheavals and the other fruits of war. The fascinating thing is that this critical decision as to whether to get involved is being made by people on what constitutes our Common Good ?
The message of the Advent season is that God gets directly involved with our mess by sending His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of our Common Good! Advent is a season of waiting, expectation, mystery and hope! As the Advent candles are being lit each Sunday we sing the Taize song “Wait on the Lord”. Waiting is never easy because we lose any sense of control. Waiting is learning to trust some body else. The Christian experience over thousands of years around the world has been to trust God and wait for God to guide and lead. The prophet Isaiah in chapter 40:31 “but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”
The Fabulous Guitar Night:
Robert Messore has organized this wonderful musical experience on the first Saturday in December at 7:30pm. I would like to encourage the church to support this event. Do come and enjoy this musical extravaganza and you might find opportunities to meet people from the larger community in our neighborhood.
Christmas is around the corner and I would like all of us to get involved in the decorations in the Church. Do get in touch how you might get involved. I have been praying and thinking how we might use the opportunities of this festive season to welcome and offer hospitality to our neighborhood. A Community Christmas Party and a sing-along might be such an initiative. This is a season of generosity be a part of these opportunities.
I arrive later this afternoon in New York and look forward to being with all of you soon. Be assured of my love, prayers and friendship. May God bless and guide us in this Advent Season.
Your pastor and friend,
Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church