Raising our Lamps

Dear sisters anad brothers in Christ,

We are such an awesome family! During lunch this past Saturday during The Ride Home festivities, I looked across the immediate area and marveled at the lot of us. What a beautiful community I saw, this family of Christ known as Christ Church Cathedral. There in chairs, on quilts spread on the ground, on bicycles, tossing a frisbee and folks serving food I saw the blessed company of parishioners all come together to help make a dream come true for a mother and her children. There were dogs, some wearing purple boas, resting in the shade near their owners' feet. There was the sound of laughter from children playing in the jump-house. I saw teenagers and us old folk alike singing the lyrics to songs being played by the band. I left for home, once again thanking God for blessing me with the opportunity to serve not only the Holy Trinity but also you  here at Christ Church.

While reading emails later on Satruday afternoon, I came across the Shabat Shalom blog Rabbic Marc Kline sends out every weekend. His topic this past weekend was the Torah portion for the day which began with "Behaalotekha et hanaerot: When you raise the lamps". It was in reference to Aaron, the brother of Moses. Only Aaron and his descendants, were to have the responsibility of raising the lamp stand that stood beside the Tabernacle. In an instant, my thoughts returned to our earlier gathering at Coldstream Park. We were there, not only for fellowship and fun, but to raise God's lamp.

Just as Aaron was given such an enormous responsibility, so are we called by God to do the same. In Matthew 5:14-16, we read the words of Jesus, "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." Last Saturday, our lamps shone brightly for all to see who came to Coldstream Park that day.

We will have many many opportunities over the summer to let our lamps shine for others to see. As we help out with vacation bible school, assist at Church Under the Bridge, help a stranger, care for another parishoner in need or help a woman build her house we help to let God's light of love shine into the world.
In doing so, we indeeed shine as the Light of Christ- such an important responsibility, such a blessed gift.
Shalom
Paula+

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