Here are some wish list items (if you don't ask, you don't receive):
- A lectern
- A pillar or small-surface side table on which can be placed...
- A nice bowl for a font
- A vacuum cleaner
Waste baskets (we have only one and many rooms that need them)we now have 8
- Folding or stackable chairs for the church hall
- The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (we now have seven)
- Bibles for Bible study down the road
- Spanish Bibles (ditto)
- Musicians and instruments
- Effective means of communication with the community
- NEW: an iron and ironing board
And always, always prayer that we may listen for and follow the Spirit and open our hearts to the people of the community.
I also ask your prayers for those who have felt they needed to leave the Episcopal Church, the community that once worshiped in this space. May everything they do for the reign of God be blessed, may they be channels of grace to others, may God heal anger and bitterness in all our hearts, and may we all move forward that Good News may be proclaimed by many voices and in many manners.
There is more than enough room in this part of town for every ministry God can raise up. Approximately 52,000 people with no church affiliation live in two adjoining zip codes.
Blessed God, you make all things new: Guide us as we seek your will for a new community of Word and Sacrament, that it may be leaven for the world's bread, and wine of delight for hearts in need; a gathering strong for service and glad in praise; and a people listening and responding to your presence in their midst; through Jesus our Redeemer and steadfast companion. Amen.