I’m excited, like the creatures in the mythical land of Narnia as they whispered in expectation, “Aslan is on the move!” Over the past week I’ve been overwhelmed by the way the Holy Spirit has begun to move among his people. You can always tell when the Holy Spirit is “on the move.” His people, filled with him, hunger for his word, break out in worship, love their neighbors, and begin to invest in God’s kingdom through taking risks at the sacrifice of their own temporal security, comfort, and safety. The Holy Spirit re-calibrates our hearts to love Jesus and our choices change.
What is God doing in our midst?
Last weekend four diocese in Central Texas met together in New Braunfels, in an unprecedented move to join in prayer and deep friendship to plant churches along I-35 from San Antonio to Georgetown. I was delighted to talk to many local priests and laypeople in whom God has lit a fire of love for the lost. I’ve never seen anything like it; different people of divergent backgrounds united in a spirit-born passion to make disciples of Jesus in Central Texas.
In 2013 I attended the Anglican1000 church planting conference in Wheaton, IL. At that time I was living in MN, but God moved my soul to return to Central Texas and assist in planting a church. To suddenly meet all these brothers and sisters that God has called to the same mission is overwhelming. As Henry Blackaby advised, “Find out where God is at work and join Him there.” The Holy Spirit is on the move!
C4SO Pastor’s Retreat
I spent last week in California at our diocesan clergy retreat. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with other clergy in the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). I was the newbie, but they greeted me with an outpouring of hospitality. I left truly blest, challenged, and refreshed. Our Bishop, Todd Hunter, encouraged us to be a “non-anxious presence” in our overly busy and increasingly secular culture. Patience and faithfulness will see us through the difficult times ahead. Nevertheless, I met so many young men and women that were called by God into a church-planting, evangelistic, disciple-making vision. They are obedient to this call despite the hardness of the spiritual soul in Southern California. We must remember them in our prayers.
The guest lecturer Dr. James K.A. Smith, talked about the importance of Christian habits and liturgies in the formation of our hearts. He spoke on how important it was to “immerse ourselves in” and “give ourselves over to” the Scriptural rhythms and liturgies of the congregation, so that our hearts can resist being malformed by the “liturgies” and rhythms of broader secular culture. I left with a renewed sense of the importance of our consistently meeting together as brothers and sisters, so that our hearts are renewed into the image of God. Let’s remain faithful to meeting together in worship.
The Spirit is also moving here in Georgetown! Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG) will soon be opening a café where their Citizens (people in their program with special needs and disabilities) can experience gainful employment and the beauty of a job well done. We at Light of Christ have chosen to focus our service to the Georgetown community through giving sacrificially and volunteering at BiG. If you are interested in being a volunteer to assist in this new café or are just curious, please join me at their informational gathering on Thursday, March 3rd 6:00-7:00PM, Church of Christ Room 102. Also please bring a favorite dessert and invite your friends!
In the sermon Sunday I promised a link to a video of a hen protecting her chicks.
Let us remember in all this activity, that it was God who acted and continues to act first. “We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).” He has brought us under his wings of love and protection.
Father Kurt is the Pastor of Light of Christ Anglican Church in Georgetown, TX