Wow. Thank you so much to the parish council (and a couple others) who have filled this space with beautiful reflections over the summer months. I have been inspired and humbled by the faith and wisdom in their words. I hope you have all been encouraged by them as well.
I think that sometimes clergy are made out to be “professional Christians” and the source of all theological thought and reflection. This is of course ridiculous. Anyone – absolutely anyone – can be a theologian! Each and every one of us can speak powerfully to the presence of God, the love of Jesus, and the activity of the Holy Spirit in the world and in our lives, like no one else can.
I am pleased to return to this space to offer reflections, however, I want to continue giving opportunities to lift up the rich and varied voices of our parish family. Therefore, this year, on the first Sunday of each month, I will invite a different member of our community to offer a short reflection.
I hope that the theme of these reflections might be prayer. How do you like to pray? What is your favourite prayer? When have you had a powerful experience of prayer (or being prayed for)? What is your prayer for yourself, St. John’s, the Sea to Sky, and the world?
I pray that this practice may empower, encourage and inspire all of us more readily to share with each other and the wider community how God is moving in our lives.
Each one of us – each one of you – has something beautiful to share, about prayer, about God, about a life of faith, something that no one else can say like you. I, for one, am excited to hear it.
Thanks be to God!