Some of you may have noticed the different sayings or phrases on our mobile sidewalk sign. They are typically one of three types: informational, inspirational or playful.
NOW OPEN BETWEEN EASTER AND CHRISTMAS
THAT GOD BE QUIET DOES NOT MEAN THAT GOD IS BLIND
IF GOD HAD A FRIDGE, YOUR PHOTO WOULD BE ON IT
WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO? WE HAVE A GOOD IDEA…
BE THE KIND OF PERSON YOUR PET THINKS YOU ARE.
WE USE DUCT TAPE TO FIX EVERYTHING.
GOD USED THREE NAILS.
WHAT DOES GOD WANT FOR CHRISTMAS? YOU.
And, the list goes on. In addition to being a sort of conversation with the neighbourhood, these signs are intended to be signs (pun intended) that there is life here at Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes.
In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” If this is Jesus’ purpose for us, then, necessarily, our calling, as His disciples and friends, as a parish, is aliveness. As a parish, we are called to be vibrant—from the Latin vibrare, “to move to and fro”. In a vibrant parish, there is movement: in particular, movement towards new persons looking for a spiritual home, and movement outward beyond the church walls.
My question: how are we responding to this calling? Fullness of life overflows, is “contagious”. Are we sharing the divine life that we have been graciously given? Or, are we, in some way, content with being in a comfortable niche? Will you join us in extending this abundant life to all whom the Spirit brings across our path? Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us…
From the desk of the Rector