Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Getting the word out


But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’
--Romans 10.14-15
For two weeks I have been anticipating what happens tomorrow.

The new church sign was delivered today. Tomorrow I will put it up. I am very excited about this.

Two of us will also go about the area with flyers (see the graphic above) and do our best to get the word out that the Episcopal Church has not abandoned the South Valley but is there for worship and service. As St Benedict reminds us all: "Ora et labora" ("Pray and work").

As desperately as we needed a sign to proclaim our presence and the new time of services (and yes, some "branding" to use marketing-speak), I would not have dared commission it were it not for generous individuals who stepped forward to help launch a new ministry. You know who you are. Your early gifts gave us the courage to move forward. Our heartfelt thanks!

I also want to thank Stubblefield Screen Print Company who worked with us on the sign and, knowing our humble beginnings, gave us an excellent price and a fine product. Thanks to Ana, Patrick, and Steve! (They have no knowledge I am doing this but, all you Albuquerque area churches, Stubblefield is giving a nice discount on banners this month. Just saying.)
Holy Spirit, you delight to equip us with all the gifts of service to extend the Realm of God: Raise up among us and empower those among us whom you call to this new work, that the Body of Christ may grow in strength and health, for the transforming of the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

--Paul+

2 comments:

  1. Paul, I am excited with you. I know one thing. It is time in YOUR life for a new beginning. May God bless you and all who help to bring new life to the Church of Our Saviour. May God bless those who made the sign. Thanks be to God for the miracles which have already happened and for those to come.

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  2. Yikes, Mimi, I thought my big change was moving to ABQ, getting into writing, and having a comfortable investment in the local church. Now you're hinting that much bigger investment is called for. As usual, I was not looking for this and am working on healthy and firm boundaries. Trying not to be Jonah running the other way, though.

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