Christ

 Episcopal

 Church

 

The Mother Church

of  The Dakotas

  517 Douglas  Avenue,  Yankton, SD 57078

 605.665.2456

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched by him…so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (I Corinthians 1:3 – 7)

 

This greeting from the Apostle Paul to the Church in Corinth is also most fitting for us as we greet the Season of Advent, the blessed season before Christmastide.  The Sundays in Advent are adorned with lessons meant to help us prepare for Christ’s coming, once again.  While some get caught-up in the often called “Second Coming of Christ” I think we are much better served to heed Jesus’ words, “But about that day or hour no one knows…Therefore, keep awake.”  How about “keeping awake” for the ways that the Christ comes to us each and every day, in each and every moment?  This lovely season is a time to renew our baptismal promise to be awake so that we may “Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves.”  May we also be renewed by the Creator’s gracious spirit to be awake to serving and caring for all of God’s creatures and creation.

 

I want to use St. Paul’s words to say, “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus.”  My dear family of Christ Church, Gloria, my family and I want to thank you from the heart of our hearts for the grace of God and for the love of Christ that you have given us over the years.  What a privilege it has been to share Christ’s ministry with you…to sing, pray, serve, laugh, cry, debate, challenge and all that is “Holy Communion”.  It has been a precious gift to us!

 

As this Season of Advent takes us to the miracle of Immanuel, God is with Us, I know I will be blessed to see “the Christ in you.”  To me that’s one of the profound truths of celebrating Jesus’s birth, that is to say, that Immanuel, the Word, has been born into each of us and into the world from the beginning of creation!

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him is life, and the life was the light of all people.  (The Gospel of John 1:1-4)

 

Again, I thank you for being the loving life of Christ to us and may God’s grace continue (and it will!) to bless and empower you and the “spiritual gifts” of Christ Episcopal Church!

 

In abiding love and friendship,

 

 

 

Christ Episcopal Church         517 Douglas Avenue        Yankton, SD 57078          605.665.2456