the common denominator of growth and change

A terrible picture but at least I own the rights to it.

A terrible picture but at least I own the rights to it.

I’ll start with a confession: tomorrow morning when I climb into the pulpit I’ll be blatantly stealing from Bishop Curry’s sermon last week at his installation. So thanks , ++MBC!

There’s a vital denominator running through the church’s particular mission, set forth by last summer’s convention and proclaimed by our Bishop last Sunday.  He reminded us that our church has committed itself to two things: Evangelism and racial reconciliation.

What do these two have in common? The very same thing that is at the root of all change, growth, discovery, and transformation:

We have to be willing to risk something of ourselves to make God known.

That willingness to risk must be at the heart of all we do as a church. When we are so afraid to take risks that we don’t do anything at all, we dry up and desperately try to regain lost energy. But when we’re willing to risk, willing to let something of ourselves go (or maybe let all of ourselves go), God can surprise and enliven us. The movement can grow, our lives can change, and even the reconciliation that’s been elusive thus far suddenly seems possible.

What are we willing to risk to see that happen?

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About bernardowens

I am an Episcopal priest who serves St. Andrew's Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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