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General Convention July 2 Sermon

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL General Convention, General Convention 2012 Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following sermon was presented today prior to the beginning of the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Indianapolis IN, July 5 through July 12.The Rev. Gregory S. Straub to the Secretariat, Coordinators and Supervisors of the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis, IN, 2 July.There are few words in the English language that connote as much as the word home. Home and the expressions that derive from it exert powerful pulls on our emotions. Going home expresses welcome, completion and rest. Far from home expresses distance, loneliness and disconnection. Homecoming expresses reunion, comfort and celebration.One of the privileges of being a layperson is shopping for a church home. When lay persons move to a new place, they try out various churches, often within a denomination in which they have been comfortable in the past, but sometimes among several denominations, until they find one that feels like home. When I was a rector, I once walked into the church on a weekday to find a woman sitting in one of the pews. She told me she was in town, looking at houses, but wanted to see first if this would be a church in which she could worship. She wanted to know whether or not it felt prayed in over sufficient time. (At the time the church had been prayed in for over 200 years.) The woman did buy a house, joined the church and became an active, engaged communicant.A convention center is the antithesis of home. It is one-size-fits-all. It has no personality, no charm, no warmth. It has seen countless number of conventions and shows. And not one of them changed it for better or worse. The convention center is just raw space, ever ready to be adapted to the next group’s needs. And, yet, for the next ten days it will be the location of the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Its halls will resound with prayer, with the reading of scripture and with singing. Within its walls will take place elections and debates. The church’s direction for the next three years will be set here. It will be, for a time, the home of the church’s governance.The fourteenth chapter of the Gospel according to St. John contains Jesus’ promise that he and the Father would make their home amongst his followers. Jesus reiterates the ancient Jewish belief that God’s home is in the midst of God’s people. To symbolize God’s presence among them ancient Jews carried with them in their wanderings a leather case, which contained the tablets of the Law Moses had delivered on Sinai. Later Jewish thought located God in the temple in Jerusalem, but Jesus hearkens back to the older tradition. God has no particular home. God dwells wherever God’s people dwell. In myth this is illustrated in the story of Jesus’ birth. Jesus is born in a stable; he has no home. During his adult ministry he is an itinerant, a wanderer without a home. He makes his home among those who follow him like Mary and Martha and Lazarus of Bethany. Their home becomes his home.Like the people of Israel, we believe that God is with us in convention. We believe our deliberations to be God-centered and our votes to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. Because we are here, we believe God is here, and where God is, there is home, wherever that may be. To make the Indiana Convention Center a home for God and God’s people requires homemakers, and that’s where volunteers come in. You are the convention’s homemakers. You provide the services that transform empty space into the church’s convention home. Yours are the human faces that personify conventioneers’ temporary home. It is you who make the beds and set the tables, you who lay the hearthstone fires and set up the buffets, you who greet at the door and provide a word of welcome. If the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church comes to regard this place as its home-away-from-home, you will have done your homemaking tasks well.Houses, whether human habitations, places of worship or convention centers, are just empty space until we make them our own. We invest our homes, whether residence, church or convention center, with our precious emotions that include memories of our past, love for the people we associate with them and hopes for the future. Let Indianapolis be our Jerusalem, at least for ten days, and let it be our happy home. 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Darin Lovelace says: Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET General Convention July 2 Sermon The Rev. Gregory Straub July 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm “We believe our deliberations to be God-centered and our votes to be inspired by the Holy Spirit. ” The Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not determined by majority vote. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments are closed. 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Greensky Bluegrass Announces Four-Night 2018 New Year’s Run

first_imgTo ring in 2019, Greensky Bluegrass will return to The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. The bluegrass juggernauts will set up shop at the fan-favorite theater for four nights, spanning from December 28th to December 31st. Currently, four-day passes for this upcoming New Year’s Eve run are available via Greensky Bluegrass’s fan-club lottery here, with the lottery remaining open until Thursday, September 13th, at 3 p.m. (CT). Tickets will become available to the general public on Friday, September 14th, at 10 a.m. (CT). Head to the band’s website for more information.Greensky Bluegrass has a busy fall on the books ahead of this highly anticipated and newly announced New Year’s Eve run. In two weeks, the band will perform at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre for two nights, with these performances serving as the kick-off for Greensky Bluegrass’s fall tour. From there, the band will tour across the U.S. with support from Ghost Light and The Lil Smokies before returning to Kalamazoo State Theatre for a two-night Thanksgiving run with Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys.last_img read more