Clergy Notes — Sunday, September 9, 2018

What are we doing here?

I’m not asking the big questions about God and the universe. I’m asking, what are we doing here at St. James’? What are you doing here? Why do you come?

One of the things, I’ve yet to complete on our website is a few personal testimonials about why we are here. Ask yourself: what is it about this place that keeps you coming back? Where do you encounter God at St. James’? What is it like to be part of this community?

Imagine a friend or a passerby asks you: “St. James’, what’s it like? Can you answer in a tweet like fashion in one sentence? I asked myself these questions this week. Here’s what I came up with.

I’m at St. James’ because I believe God wants to help us grow to truly be a beacon of light in our community, and I think I have a part to play in that.

I keep coming back, because even, though it is a challenging place to be on some days, I constantly see sparks of God’s kingdom erupting, in the people around me. I love the sense of community on the street. I love that people will stop to check on a stranger’s wellbeing, or to help an elder in need with a heavy bag, or medical emergency.

I find myself encountering God at the Mass and in our ongoing fellowship at coffee hour. Both experiences nourish me and set me up for the week. I could probably go a bit easy on the cake and bannock nourishment that I receive, but don’t worry, this September I’m on the fitness wagon. Tara and I made a pact!

Being part of this community is like being on a rollercoaster held in the hollow of God’s hand. We experience times of celebration, joy and delight. I have seen sorrow and grief here, but also reconciliation. For me St. James’ is a true reflection of church, here we are, disciples of Christ travelling together through thick and thin.

Well turns out that it’s not so hard to speak about why we’re here. If I can do it, you definitely can, and I suspect your reasons and stories will be more interesting, and speak to where God is at work in your life in hundreds of different ways.

If you’re prepared to answer these questions, write down your answers and let me snap a picture of you for the website. It turns out photography is actually painless! Go on, I dare you!

Mother Lucy