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In This Together

  • The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
  • Oct 17, 2018
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There are always stories about people misunderstanding something in the church. We have a lot of strange words and terms in the Episcopal Church. One of my favorites is a moment at St. Columbia’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Jessie worked there while we were in seminary. One young boy, maybe 3 or 4 years old, heard the word “Amen.” He clearly had no idea what it meant or what it was. As a result, he translated the word into something that made more sense. Whenever he ended a prayer, people around him would use the usual term but he would loudly proclaim, “I’m in!”

The best part of that story is that Amen pretty much means that we agree to what has been said. The word literally means “So be it” or “Let it be accordingly”. “I’m in” is probably the best modern translation we can hope for.

On Sunday, November 4, we, the Vestry and Stewardship Committee, are asking each of you to join us in growing Holy Innocents. We want every family to be committed to the process by giving to the annual budget. We simply cannot do this with just a handful of families or with the same traditional set of folks carrying all the water. We are in a place where we want and need and hope that together we will grow this church. We will mark this liturgically on Sunday, November 4 by inviting everyone to come to the altar to give their pledge.

The idea is simple and clear. We want to see the Holy Innocents community coming together in giving to help this church grow. If you are unable to give monetarily, we will have a card that you can place in the basket committing yourself to praying for our community as well. The power of the moment is an image of God’s people working together for a shared dream for Holy Innocents. We want, hope, and pray that we will see everyone at one of our regular four Sunday services on November 4. As we gather and pray together, we will give sacrificially to grow. In that moment, you will see Holy Innocents respond to God’s call with a great Amen. Or, better yet, in placing our pledges in the basket at the altar, we will be declaring in one voice to God that we are ready to start a new chapter and grow in the power of the kingdom. We will be saying to God and to each other, “I’m in!”