Pastor’s Blog :
“The Lord said to me: You are my servant,
Israel, through whom I show my glory.”
“Brothers and sisters:
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.” -1 Corinthians 12:4-7
The first reading from Isaiah calls forth a share in the prophetic voice of God. In our world today, we have amazing examples of men and women who have responded, like Paul, to the call “to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.” For Christians, we have received this call when we were baptized. The beginning of the year, with its custom of making new resolutions, is a wonderful time to remember the many ways in which we can share our own spiritual gifts for the well-being of our communities. Please consider what the Spirit may be inspiring you to do in the coming weeks.
Next month and through March and April, we will be using the spiritual season of Lent to call forth members of all three parishes to more active involvement in our churches. One of the primary ways we will be doing this is to ask people to consider those they would like to see representing our parishes on our Pastoral Councils. After a wonderful joint meeting of our churches this past week, we are committed all the more to building and enabling our councils to take on their proper role in the parish. Please join me in our prayers for this important process -- and stay tuned! This will provide us with the opportunity to share the gifts, forms of service, workings, and other matters inspired by the Spirit for the benefit of all.
This weekend as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are blessed to join other area faith communities in a special presentation being offered at St. James in Chatham, which will be hosted by the Chatham Area Interfaith Council. The special program will feature spiritual music by an interfaith choir and Scripture and Readings from Dr. King's Speeches. Our keynote speaker will be Rabbi Israel "Si" Dresner, one of the original Freedom Riders in 1961. He later visited Dr. King, who was jailed with others in Albany, Georgia. From this sprung a friendship and close relationship with Rev. Dr. King, which lasted many years. Questions and answers will provide us with personal insight from someone who carries on the legacy of Rev. King, who is recognized as not only a great civil rights leader but also a true prophet who has inspired us for half a century. The hour-long program will be held this Sunday at 2 p.m. and will be inspirational and informative for the entire family. Most of all, it will be a chance for the entire area to come together in the spirit of cooperation and prayer.
Thank you all for your continued support that inspires me on a daily basis.
May the Lord bless and keep you as well as all our brothers and sisters.
God bless you. -Fr. George
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