While August is usually a time when preparation for mission and ministry is going on behind the scenes, this year there are some superb opportunities for us to participate in those preparations. I would first like all members of St. Alban’s, families, friends and neighbors to join us where we should always start—the study of Scripture. We have a great opportunity on Wednesdays, August 12th and 19th at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. The study will be on Joseph from the Book of Genesis. Bishop Fanel Magangani is the Bishop of our Companion Diocese, The Diocese of Northern Malawi. This is the Diocese of which our Centurion, Fr. Binga is a part of our Outreach and Mission. I hope you will make every effort to be present. If you need childcare please let the Parish Office know as soon as possible so we can make arrangements. I would love to see us have to move from the Parish Hall to the Church because of your presence. I know you will receive many blessings from participating in this opportunity to study God’s Word together.
One thing I know that Bishop Fanuel always states is: Come and see. His has an open invitation to come to our Companion Diocese and be in relationship with them. On Friday, August 14th at St. Andrew ‘s Church downtown Fort Worth is a evening with Bishop Fanuel as he shares with us what is happening in the Diocese of Northern Malawi and ways to be in relationship with them. It is another way for us to join in the mission and outreach of our Diocese and Parish.
Have you noticed? Bet you haven’t. Saint Alban’s has a new Mission Statement. I haven’t seen it you say! Oh yes you have if you have looked at a bulletin the past month. It is short enough to memorize which all of us should do. What is it? St. Alban’s Parish is dedicated to the mission of Jesus Christ, through the sacraments, sharing the gospel and service to others. I was reading a book about stewardship a few days ago. In it the author pointed out the Mission in the Army is everything. Everyone is dedicated to the mission they have been given and at meetings, if the question involves matters that don’t pertain to the mission, then it has no relevance to the meeting. An example of this might be a question is raised about the softness of the cots. It will be asked: What does that have to do with the mission of fighting the battle. If none then the focus is turned back to questions about the mission. In other words we as individuals and children of God should focus all we do at St. Alban’s on our Mission.
One way to do this is to take advantages of the various ministries we offer to God, our community, and our Parish. Rally Day is coming up on Sunday, August 30th. After each Eucharist, we ask you to join us in the Parish Hall to sign up to participate in the ministry and mission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Each table has a ministry leader there to answer questions about the ministry and the responsibility of their part in the mission of Jesus Christ. Can you teach our young ones? We need Christian Education leaders. Can you call and organize rides for some of our parishioners that need help? Then a new ministry can be started to help those in need. Can you organize groups for food and fellowship? Then the dinner club is right for you. Can you sing, serve, read, or polish? Then the Lector’s, the Choir, the Acolytes, the Altar or Flower Guild is right for you. Do you love to serve food? Then the Arlington Life Shelter ministry is right for you. I could go on and on about the various ways we have available to serve God and the Mission of St. Alban’s. Are you dedicated to the Mission? What way are you helping in that mission?
As the world is becoming more and more a hostile place for Christianity, we must re-dedicate ourselves to the Mission of Jesus Christ. We must not only help in that mission but prepare ourselves to be able to answer at any time and in any circumstances about the joy that is ours in Jesus Christ. Let’s make St. Alban’s that place where we dedicate ourselves to the Mission of Jesus Christ, through the Sacraments, through the sharing of the Gospel and in service to others.