Thoughts from Fr. Marshall - All Saints Episcopal Church
 
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So, I came down with a really bad cold during the Christmas liturgies. I had, very foolishly, spent most of a day outside planting more daffodil bulbs with my friend John Bell last Wednesday and got a real chill.

Getting through the services was joyful but a little difficult.

After mass on Sunday I came home and went to bed. The snow fell very deep that night and I have not been out of the house since. Tomorrow morning I will try to dig out the car.

I am anxious to get back to work. I love being a parish priest and I have a deep sense of joy about my time at All Saints. My continued desire is for it to become more and more a welcoming place for all people. It is home now to a very diverse and growing group of great folk.

In our world it is necessary for the old divisions to give way to a sense of our common humanity. While we can and should keep our particularity we must see it as a contribution to a larger canvas that is still evolving toward a representation of a mystery so transcendent that everything we can say can only point toward it. All language about the Divine is by necessity, metaphorical.

This metaphor is beautiful and powerful, the symbol and the direct experience come to us together most of the time. In our tradition, the Trinity is a community of absolute unity from whence all comes and unto which all is being called to return. Our chief metaphors in the Western traditions are those of relationship.

Living in community with one another and opening the embrace of that community to all, regardless of belief, is the chief metaphor for the relationship between God and the world. It is not about judgment and exclusion but about honest and loving embrace and mutual respect.

In a community so constituted, difference becomes radiant and a source of joy and deep interest. We are able to stand back and read all of the experiences and expressions of human beings as gifts to and from our common humanity. In fact, we can experience this kind of community with the entire kosmos.

Our daily lives can become a constant encounter with the Divine. The beauty of everyday existence is radiant with grace and charged with the Holy Spirit. It is for us to open our eyes and our hearts.

Love and light,
Lewis Marshall

Yvette Le Tourneau
12/30/2010 03:18:53 pm

Beautifully expressed, thank you for this hopeful message of unity.

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Karen Burns
1/1/2011 07:15:51 am

My family and I look forward to sharing the love and light you bring to All Saints Church.

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