The first words I expect to hear when I pass through the gates of heaven are, “Welcome home!” After all, home is where the heart is, and love is of God. “Homecoming” at Christ Church is a joyous opportunity to celebrate and reflect. We do a fair amount of that around here, especially after a year of extraordinary work building the kingdom of God in and around our community.
This year we celebrate 125 years of our historic building with a new roof and some modern conveniences. Homecoming 2019 also celebrates and re-unite generations of choir members who have been the fabric of our history of musical excellence at Christ Church.
We also celebrate the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Westerly with a memento of our historic church to be buried in a time capsule in September, and unearthed fifty years from now on the 400th anniversary. I suppose a hymnal and the BCP would take up to much room, and I wonder if they will even still exist in some recognizable form in the year 2069.
There are still many challenges and changes ahead of us. In this post-modern age, satellites beam the Word of God around the planet at warp speed. But it is the power of the Holy Spirit that breaks through hostility, converts hearts and souls, and inspires witness.
Fifty, and a hundred years from now people will proclaim the Gospel in ways that will reach deeper and wider into the universe. The message will be the same, and the Holy Spirit will be there on the cutting edge, giving glory to God with the “next new thing.” May it bring us a clearer vision of the needs of others, and more innovative ways of fulfilling them.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you, and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11)