May 01, 2016

Be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Greetings, Beloved!

I am writing to you in 70 degrees with bright blue skies – snow almost all melted – Alleluia! In these wonderful, joyful days of Easter, anticipating the great celebration of Pentecost, I am feeling the hope and joy of the Good News – looking for God Present – God with us and making all things new! As NT Wright says, when God runs the show, well… righteous- ness, truth, goodwill and love abound and reign – Good News Indeed!

Living in the hope and expectation of God even now making all things new doesn’t just happen. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says it comes by embracing that we are members of “The Jesus Movement”, aka Crazy Christians. He says:

“We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God like Jesus. Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness.”

Our Thursday night potluck with NT Wright underscores this call – Wright is encouraging us to see Hope everywhere – to see it and embrace it and proclaim it!  Yes, it may seem crazy at times to be acting in Hope when all around us we see sorrow, grief, need, violence and selfishness. But, as Crazy Christians – as people who choose to live in the Hope that God calls us to, we are not defeated by the needs of the world, but instead are empowered to bring Hope to them.

We bring Hope by giving food and serving those who come to The Task Force, our local Crisis Center, to Bridge of Hope and to St. Francis Center; by going to the prisons and speaking God’s peace, love, and plan for good for all; by meeting together on Sunday for services and sharing God’s own presence and Being in Holy Communion; and by coming together, 2 or 3, praying, serving, worshiping. In it all, we change and transform the world in Hope!

In all these and so many other ways and times and places, God is with us, encouraging us to keep moving, and to keep being Crazy Christians in the Jesus Movement!  On Pentecost, as we celebrate the Holy Spirit who will keep us going, I will ask us to share our particular plans to keep moving.  And I hope we will be crazy enough to join one another in making those plans happen. Crazy Christians… come one, come all, come together!

With Blessings and Love,

Vicar Janet