On Sunday, the parish will celebrate a memory: 256 years as a site where God’s Word has been preached and the sacraments are celebrated. Yeah, I know. The canonical niceties of incorporation etc. didn’t happen from the beginning. Still, this is our Anniversary.
Sunday is about what “church” is supposed to be. We’re not a social club. We’re not a place to come to feel good. We’re not a building or a plan.
Our God “whom the heavens cannot contain, much less the walls of temples made with human hands,” has established a symbol of His presence. Where two or three are gathered; where we can come and “be still and know that I am God;” where we have been made God’s children through adoption and grace; where we come to discern God’s will and then try to do it “on earth as it is in heaven” – all that is what we celebrate. It’s our anniversary of who were are: flawed and fragile but strong in God. We’ve so much more work to do. Happy Anniversary.