Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Old Shall See Visions and Young Shall Dream Dreams

'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. (Acts 2:17)
I'm in the last days of a week-long retreat entitled CREDO, which is a week-long retreat which gives some space for people to reflect, dream, and plan for the future--spiritually, relationally, vocationally, and financially. As I've done such reflection, one of the things I've come to realize is what a great opportunity we have at St. Edward's to really think about what we want the new St. Edward's to be. There is no longer a "way we've always done it" anymore. That is a great gift! It means that we can choose our own adventure, seek after God's vision, and move forward confidently into the future.

We're in the midst of doing that, and I've blogged about this before, but I ran across the following presentation recently done for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. It talks about radical welcome and what that might look like.....

Bishop's Conference Keynote Presentation by Stephanie Spellers from Episcopal Diocese of Northern Ca on Vimeo.

We have the opportunity to essentially rebuild our church from the ground up with a core value of radical welcome. Our first Core Value is that desire to welcome all. What would that mean for us? How do we build a church of radical welcome? Something to think and talk about in the coming weeks. I look forward to that conversation!


  1. I am not sure about 'rebuilding churches from the ground up', but I am only a visiting congregant. Amanda and I plan to continue worshiping at proposed Rite 1 service, before 9am. I have some suggestions about the early morning service, and, if you're interested, I will share later.

    Meanwhile, here is the online version of the marriage liturgy. The 'deacon' and 'priest' roles are generic, and Fr. Penfield and you can decide which is most convenient. Hopefully in the next week or two we can arrange a meeting at St. Edward's to hatch some of the details out. Generally speaking we are trying to do a low mass (w/ more eastward facing than normally done in Rite 1), with congregational singing from noted psalms. I even included the tradition kiss of peace. The rest is either 1662 or 1928. etc.

  2. here's an interesting article by Fr. Clavier regarding affinity and inclusion of Anglican heritage within a comprehensive communion Space