Our Outreach Missions provide vital opportunities to deepen our response to the two Great Sacraments of the Gospel.
“ … let us love not in word or speech but in truth and action.” [1. John 18]
One pillar of Holy Innocents’ mission, “reconciling ourselves with one another and creation”, is brought to life through our Outreach Missions. These Outreach Missions work to restore relationships with God’s creation by tending to critical needs in our community, our nation, and the world.
“The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.” [BCP p. 858] As Episcopalians, our response to the sacrament of Holy Baptism are our vows to “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; seek and serve Christ in all persons; strive for justice and peace among all people; and respect the dignity of every human being.” [BCP p. 417] In the Holy Eucharist, we are called to break bread together as members of the Living Body of Jesus Christ. But, when our fellow human beings stand hungry or in need while we ourselves are fed, our Eucharistic community is incomplete.
Our Outreach Missions provide vital opportunities to deepen our response to these Great Sacraments. Our personal involvement as the hands and feet of Christ in the world is critical to our spiritual growth as a parish and individuals; it is the testament to our life as part of the Living Body of Christ and through it we make a difference with each act of reaching out, no matter how large or small.