Clergy Notes — Sunday, December 10, 2017

St. John the Baptist’s instruction “Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”, memorably and repetitively set to music as the opening song of the 1970s musical Godspell (reference to which immediately dates the writer of these Notes), was addressed to his hearers 2000 years ago, but speaks as powerfully to Christians and to all of good will today, in this season of Advent.

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”

Christians are invited, indeed urged, to live by and work for the values of God’s kingdom, as we pray each day, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.” These values are to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves, to be signs of God’s passion for justice for the poor and oppressed, to be agents of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation in this so broken and divided world, to care for the gift of creation entrusted to us. We are called to model these values together as the Church of God, globally, nationally and in our neighbourhood, and also in our individual lives as we seek by grace to become more Christ-like.

Here at St. James’ the Street Outreach Initiative, our association with Salal & Cedar and the MetroVancouver Alliance, the Coming Home Society and the Outreach Committee are all expressions of these kingdom values, alongside our daily offering of worship and prayer. Advent is an opportunity too for each of us to hold up the mirror of God’s Spirit to ourselves, reflecting on how in our own lives we express these values, on how you, how I, may be more grace-filled, more Christ-like signs of the kingdom.

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord!”

Fr. Kevin