Friends. I thought about all of you at St. John's and your limitless faith in doing God's work. I want to share this wonderful reflection on this topic in the May 26, 2020 issue of "Forward Day by Day" by Richelle Thompson. It's all about you regular folks who do great things.
Blessings and love,
Ephesians 3: 14 - 21. Now to him who by the power within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
When I joined the Episcopal Church, my first bishop often ended his sermons with these words. During his episcopate, he set bold and audacious goals: for church, growth, racial reconciliation and spiritual formation. But he never believed these goals would be accomplished under his own steam. God was the engine, driving our bishop and us to new and unexpected places. Some other leaders in our tradition share this unwavering faith in a limitless God. But I'm most impressed when I encounter this steadfast faith in regular folks who set seemingly impossible goals of ending hunger, housing the homeless, reforming our prison systems, tackling addictions, and then set about working hand in hand with God to accomplish abundantly more than they can ask or imagine.