“And the one seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:5
Bishop and I are in agreement that soon we will be starting a second Mass on Sundays. To that end, we are having a trial run at an 8 am Mass which will be for the purpose of seeing who is open to attending that earlier Mass. Please, if this is something that appeals to you, please join us this Sunday for this scaled down Mass (called a “Low” Mass).
We need to have the option because we are getting bigger. This means that we are going to have to be intentional about building community with one another. We will begin to see faces we do not know and will need to offer our introduction with joy. We will have to join smaller groups like Bible studies, prayer groups, Men’s Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Welcome Team, Production Ministry, etc.
Each of these smaller ministries and groups will have to be intentional about including devotion to the Lord, fun, and the task at hand in everything that they do. All things must be an offering to the Lord our God who has reconciled us and the world to himself through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ.
We are transitioning from a mom and pop shop to a more structured community. We are already instituting new policies and systems so that we can assure that our children are safe, our money is cared for properly, that our facilities are maintained, and more. All of these things are for the glory of God.
They could make us more impersonal. They could make us start sliding toward being cold, but they do not have to do so. In fact, I believe we are the kind of people who are so loving that we will be intentional about having Jesus transform the newness. We can do this and the vision is one that the bishop just spoke with me about this past week. We have to adapt, change, and present everything to the Lord.
This does not mean everything we do is going to work or be successful on the first try. It does mean that we will constantly be asking you to pray and discern with us if this is what the Lord wants and does it glorify him.
Yet, the mission of God is to renew the heavens and the earth. Our mission is to collaborate with the Father in heaven in this mission through his Son and in the power of the Holy Spirit. He is making all things new. We are to be the laborers in the vineyard and Christ the King is poised to do that here, far and wide. Let’s embrace the challenge; embrace the newness.
I am so glad to be your priest and dean during this time. It is exciting. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit for a revival of our parish, our communities, the Hudson Valley, and the world! Please pray for me and with me as we go forward.
As a note, I will be on vacation from July 12-26. Please pray for my renewal.