The coming months at GSL promise to offer additional blessings to all who physically are able to engage the worship, formation (education), service, and fellowship offerings of the parish. The months of July and August have included a great deal of effort by many lay ministers, staff, and clergy to ensure that members and non-members alike are given options to support formation: lifelong learning. Christian formation is about growing daily in discipleship, in relationship with God and fellow pilgrims, and discovering how faith is both relevant and key to all aspects of our present and future lives.
In baptism, we are connected, albeit mysteriously, to all members of the body of Christ, the Church, on the life journey of exploring our faith: a commitment to ponder, see, and engage what it means to be followers of Jesus in the world, today. It has been reflected, and I totally agree, the more that Christians spend time in prayer, formation, and service, the more their faith is nurtured, is bound to increase, and will serve as foundational for life.
As each of us considers how we might spend our time on Sundays and weekdays, I invite you and yours to engage the large and small group opportunities reflected on the newly released Fall 2018 Christian Formation schedule for adults, youth, and children. In addition to worship on Sunday mornings or evenings, a new liturgy has been added to parish life: Wednesdays at noon in the Chapel, a 30-minute Holy Eucharist without music, beginning September 12. Information about all events will be available via www.gracestlukes.org, eNews, worship leaflet notices, and in public spaces.
Through life at GSL, may we feed our souls, and seek daily to foster and maintain a sacred place for helping all people with “finding God in the heart of Midtown.” Formation is lifelong learning. Let us walk by faith and not by sight, and remember that simply being present with others goes a long way in building up the body of Christ to co-create God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven.
Blessings and peace as we try,
The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher