This Week: May 17, 2017

It’s a word to strike fear into the heart of many Episcopalians.

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I think many of us worry about evangelism because it brings up a type of Christian message and pressure we don’t agree with. One that conjures up for us an arm-twisting and fear-based message about God. But evangelism has an honored place in the Christian tradition. Historically, the writers of our gospels are called “The Four Evangelists” because they are the ones who carry the message of Jesus to the world.

Just this week, Presiding Bishop Curry was interviewed and his views on evangelism came up. I think his ideas go a long way to redeem the word and actions of evangelism for us.

“I really do believe in evangelism, and I believe in the kind of evangelism that I think I see in Jesus. And I could be wrong. I don’t think I am, but I could be. The kind of evangelism that I see in Jesus, is Jesus actually helps people back into a loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with God. And, in turn, a loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with other people. He actually does that. That’s what he does. I think our job of evangelism is to help people find their way into that kind of relationship with God and with each other.”

—Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

If this is what evangelism is all about—helping people find their way into a loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with God and other people—I’m in! How about you?

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Speaking of evangelism: You have given socks… now you can help with lunch! This Saturday, May 20th at 11:30am in Yeaton Hall our young people will be packing lunches for the homeless (and adding your gifts of warm and cozy socks, thank you!). Then they will be out and about delivering these surprise gifts to people who live nearby—but don’t always have the means for housing and lunch.

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You are welcome to join in the outreach. Blaisdell Shaw is coordinating this effort. You can let her know you’ll help atblaisdellshaw@gmail.com

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Inline image 4    We had a lovely Mother’s Day celebration. Thank you, Randy (and your secret helper!), for hosting us and toasting us in style.

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In our gospel this week we hear more of Jesus’ final words with his disciples. This week, Jesus talks about love as action… “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” And there is a lot to be said for love as an action verb. But there is also love as grace… I wonder if you find comfort and kinship in this Agnus Day comic…

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Yes. We are called to live Christ’s love in action. And yes, we are loved unconditionally. Thanks be to God.

You can read all the lessons for this Sunday by clicking HERE. And then come and hear the Word proclaimed in church on Sunday.

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St. Michael’s on the Move is going to the theatre.

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Sign up in Yeaton Hall to join us for the matinee at 2pm on Sunday, May 21st.

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Inline image 9  St. Michael’s Readers will be talking about Chasing Francis on Sunday, May 28th. There is still time to read it and join the conversation. I hope you will!

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