I can remember as a child one of my favorite activities with my mother was creating invitations. It was always a treat when my mom would let me tag along to Kinkos or the party supply store to assist her in picking out the paper or themed invitations for our next event. As we put together the final product we would hem and haw over which font or what wording to use. And, in the end, we would marvel at freshly printed product and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done… until realising that those same invitation still needed to be folded, stuffed, sealed, addressed, and stamped.
These memories of creating and distributing invitations with my mother hold a special place in my mind for two reasons. One, because they involve a person I love (my mother); and two, because having the opportunity to share an exciting event or a fun party with friends and family is always wonderful way to connect.
In a few weeks Christ Church Cathedral has it’s own exciting event to share, as we welcome Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to our pulpit for Pentecost Sunday, May 15th. As the 27th Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry has made Evangelism one of the platforms for his time as the Episcopal Primate. For many Episcopalians, Evangelism, or the “E” word can sometimes, be a bit much to swallow, as it has, in the past, carried the negative undertones of misuse within Christian circles. But Bishop Curry is calling us to reclaim this word as members of the “Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement.” In his first address to the Episcopal Church, Bishop Curry states: "Now is our time to go. To go into the world to share the good news of God and Jesus Christ. To go into the world and help to be agents and instruments of God’s reconciliation. To go into the world, let the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let us go, and that that love can set us all free."
As we welcome this invigorating, dynamic, and awe-inspiring preacher, and our 27th Presiding Bishop, to Christ Church Cathedral we have been given the unique and exciting opportunity to go into the world and share the good news. During the next few weeks I invite you to participate in the spiritual practice of invitation. Consider and pray about who you might invite to hear the good news of the Jesus Movement from our Presiding Bishop, as we celebrate together the birthday of our Church this Pentecost.