February 17, 2017
Dear Friends and Family of St. Anne’s,
At our Annual Meeting, I outlined several Triple L Initiatives we are working on in 2017. “Triple L” comes from a message by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who has been talking a lot about the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement. The Jesus Movement is an active group of people who are trying to follow Jesus’ teachings and example in this world by becoming a more Loving, Liberating and Life-giving community.
One of our Triple L Initiatives begins this liturgical season, Lent. On the five Tuesdays in Lent, not including Holy Week, we will gather at the church for dinner at 6:30 p.m. The entrée and beverages will be provided by the church. You can bring a side, bread or salad. Names will then be drawn and you will have a partner—someone you do not know well. I will offer a reading and reflection and you will have questions to answer, stories to share, deepening your connection with each other and the Body of Christ in this place. Those five Tuesdays will be March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4. On April 4 , we will close the evening with a Taize Service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Come for one Tuesday, all or anything in between. That’s up to you. We will come back together for Closing Prayer each evening and end by 8 p.m.
Just imagine, if you attend all five Tuesdays, you will deepen five relationships here in one faith community, that’s besides those you invest in outside the church. Can you envision if each of us deepened just three relationships during Lent—came three Tuesdays—multiply that by, let’s say, 80 people…what would that do to this place? Imagine the love that would grow! Imagine the liberation in having three new friends who know you at a deeper level, where you shared your vulnerability in a safe environment, where you were open, honest and confidential with one another! It takes risk, commitment and action to become a life-giving community of faith for all.
At worship on the morning of our Annual Meeting, we had about 70 people in attendance. Thank you to those who were here. However, we ended up sending out envelopes with information to 80 families who were not present. Lent is a very special and holy time, when Jesus calls our church family back together to pray, fast, give alms and renew our commitment to the Lord and each other. If this is important to you, if you want to help be a part of a community of care, love and concern, please come for these Tuesday gatherings. We are diminished without you!
God bless you during this most holy season. May the Holy Spirit touch you, move you and shape you. May you know the presence of the loving, liberating and life-giving Lord!