Pastoral Message from Fr. Major, October 2015

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Dear Friends,

“Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?” I will, with God’s help.

These words come to us from the Book of Acts, and refer to the actions of the early Church. They are part of our rites of Baptism and Confirmation, and we also profess them when we renew our baptismal vows during Holy Eucharist throughout the year. Have you ever noticed how these words are different from the rest of the words in these rites? (You can check them out on pages 304 and 416 of our Book of Common Prayer.)

Here’s what I’ve noticed: we need to come together as a church community to fulfill these promises. While many of the words of our important rites speak of our individual behaviors–for example resisting evil, repenting, and serving others–and can be done by each of us alone, we need each other for fellowship, for the breaking of bread, and to share the teachings and prayers as the apostles did.

Our Sunday worship is a time when we can come together to lift our joys and sorrows and worries and doubts to God, and to have our sisters and brothers in faith lift them with us. We share a holy meal together and listen to God’s Word, and in these ways we are renewed and strengthened for life in the week ahead.

“Church” is not a building. It is the people who come together to worship God, to build each other up in faith, and to be Christ’s presence in our community. Each of us has a part in that. Each of us is needed to be present in Christ’s church. You are needed. As your pastor and brother in Christ, I am grateful for all the times you have and will continue to enrich our worship with your presence.

“Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?” I will, with God’s help.

See you in church!
Faithfully,
Fr. John Major