The Mother Church
of The Dakotas
517 Douglas Avenue, Yankton, SD 57078
MESSAGE FROM FATHER TIM FOUNTAIN
So Moses prayed for the people. (Numbers 21:7, heard on the 4th Sunday in Lent)
This is one of several times that Moses interceded for the people, praying on their behalf to God when situations weren’t the best.
This particular incident is a precious example, because the people had been putting Moses down, complaining about his leadership and the whole direction of God’s plan for them. They were disappointed and frustrated.
As I call through the parish list and to other folks referred to me by some of you, most exchanges are positive and productive. But there have been a few cold or even angry responses.
Sometimes anger is a mask worn by grief. When we are wounded by the church, it is a hurt which can go straight to the heart. But we feel weak and ashamed to express sadness, so we do what seems strong and confident – that often comes out as anger.
An important (maybe the most important) part of our ministry together this year is to regroup the parish. This will involve reaching out to folks who might seem angry and might need to vent an array of complaints.
Whether or not we can connect with lapsed members and bring them back to active participation, the Anglican sense of “parish” is to be Christ’s presence for the whole community. Moses , by interceding for people who were not happy with him, prefigures Jesus Christ, who is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
I would ask your help in identifying people to contact, but with that I would ask you to follow the example of Moses and share in the work of the risen Christ himself by interceding for folks who might have drifted away from Christ Church.
Pray for the healing of spiritual wounds.
Pray for softening of hardened hearts.
Pray for folks by name and reach out to them. Maybe you and I can call on some folks together. Where a couple of us go, Christ Jesus promises to be present.
Christ Episcopal Church 517 Douglas Avenue Yankton, SD 57078 605.665.2456