“The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the son of God.”
This is the opening line of the Gospel according to Mark. The good news, according to Mark, is that the one who had been long foretold by prophets was coming, soon, very soon. The wait was over, but the preparation continues.
We know this Good News through the stories we have heard about Jesus, about his life and ministry, his teaching, his miracles, and the love he shared and taught throughout his life. We know this good news through the stories about his death, resurrection and ascension. We know this good news in the promise of his return at the end of the age, whenever that might be.
We also know this Good News in the lives we live as followers of Jesus: in the work that we do as individuals and community to share his love through Fill the Sills (129 pounds of supplies to Open Cupboard in Clinton, and fourteen more bags of “goodies” to Flemington Food Pantry), the huge success of the coat, gloves, hats and scarves drive for One World, One Love. We know this good news in the sharing of the Tricky Tray experience on so many levels, on the experiences of our young people in learning and growing through church school and youth group, the spiritually fulfilling experiences of fellowship, music and prayer.
How can we share this Good News even further? Statistics say that the average Episcopalian invites someone to church once every eight years or so. A few years ago someone commented that St Thomas Church is the best kept secret around. The Christmas season may be a good opportunity for challenging the statistics, and sharing this “best kept secret.” Our services will be advertised on our website and Facebook – great vehicles, but not all that personal. Why not make this your “eighth year” and invite someone to come and share what you have found in this place, in this community.
Let us pray:
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Peace and blessing,