THE DOVE November 2010
By Father Chris Hardman
- You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one
That song expresses a longing that is deep within all of us. We long for a time of peace and wholeness, a time when the whole world is reconciled to God. But, most of the time, the church does not seem to have that dream. We seem to be more interested in asserting our rightness than in living into a dream of oneness. It reminds me of the wonderful advice that Bloody Mary gives the Lieutenant in South Pacific:
- "You gotta have a dream. If you don't have a dream,
how you gonna have a dream come true?"
The church is called to proclaim God's Dream for the world. As Paul puts it, "in Christ God was reconciling the word to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us." (II Cor. 5:19) Thus, imagining what a reconciled world would look like is important, for if we don't imagine it, how can we live into it?
That is what our "Imagine Mass" is about. It is about helping us gain a vision of God's dream together. To imagine how the world will be when God has reconciled the whole world through the love of Jesus Christ. For in order to live into God's dream, we have to imagine it first.
And Lord knows we need to imagine it because we don't seem to be living into it. We have been involved in two wars for more than 8 years. We are in the throes of another political election that seems more about demonizing the opposition than laying out a plan for the future. The economy of the world is in a mess. Strife and discord abound. And the church is about as fractured and ineffective as it has ever been. We are so caught up in believing what is right and trying to assert our rightness that we have forgotten the central message of Jesus. It is about love-self-sacrificing love! It is about how God's love binds us together.
Recently, I ran across a modern Christian Creed written by Tom Harpur. We are planning to use this Creed at our Imagine Mass. It is not perfect, of course, but it expresses what we believe and what we hope for in a very understandable way.
- We believe, and put our trust in God, Creator and Sustainer of all things, from the farthest-flung galaxies to the most microscopic forms of life; God is above and around and within everyone one of us, and yet so far beyond us in transcendence that our minds cannot fathom the mystery and our only response is wonder and worship. And we believe God sent Jesus, anointing him in the power of the Spirit, to declare by word and deed the gospel of personal and social liberation from the power of fear and all injustice and oppression. Though he was cruelly and unjustly murdered, God raised him from death and God's seal is set forever on Jesus‘ message and ministry. In him we know that God is love, and that forgiveness and acceptance are ours always. In him we are called to realize God's kingdom in our own lives and in the lives of others. In him we are called to join with God in making all things new. We believe God has granted to us and to all humanity the same Sprit that was in Jesus, creating community and empowering us to be like him. We believe in a dimension of existence yet to come. We seek to build God's kingdom here, but we also look beyond to a day when wars will end and God's New Jerusalem will be revealed. We believe, God help our unbelief.
I hope you will join us at 9:00am on November 21 for our "Imagine Mass." This service will use Beatles' music to express God's love for us. So, don't take all the words literally-imagine, that they express God's love for all of us so we may catch God's Dream for us together. If we don't have a dream, how we gonna make a dream come true?
Community Life Events
Thanksgiving Food Drive, November 1-18
Our food drive provides a Thanksgiving meal for families serviced by the Primo Center for Women and Children. Donations will be collected in the church parlor until November 18; perishables should be put in the kitchen refrigerators or freezers.
Holiday Wine Tasting, Friday, November 5
Just in time for your Thanksgiving and Christmas planning ~ enjoy wines that will compliment your holiday dinners or to give as gifts. Wines and tasting notes provided by Courtyard Wines at Market Square. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wines; wines will be available for purchase. Make this a "Ladies Night Out" or take your spouse on a "Friday Night Date Night." Friends are welcome! 5:30-7:30pm in the Great Hall. RSVP here>>>
Parish Service Project, Saturday, November 13
Parishioners will roll up their sleeves and put in a full day's work (9am-4pm) doing manual labor at Good News Partners in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. Projects include painting, minor repairs, and cleaning - a task for every age and ability level. Adults and children ages 12 and up. Register here>>>
St. Andrew's Day Luncheon, Tuesday, November 30
Father Myers hosts this annual luncheon at Misericordia's Greenhouse Inn. Cost is $15. RSVP here>>>
Thanksgiving gifts are given to the Rector's Discretionary Fund and used to strengthen his ministry among us. Your generosity is appreciated. Thanksgiving offering envelopes are available in the parish office.
All Souls' Day Liturgy, Monday, November 1
This pastoral Eucharist commemorates all the faithful departed, and honors in particular the memory of family and friends. During this service of light and prayer, an opportunity will be given to place a lighted candle on the altar and name the departed loved one before God. The Bereavement Ministry will host a reception in the parlor following the 7:00pm liturgy.
All Saints' Day and Holy Baptism, Sunday, November 7
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on the Feast of All Saints at the 9:00am Eucharist. On this day, Chase Catherine DeNapoli will be received into the Body of Christ. This is a celebration of God's love that gathers the lost, binds what is broken, and knits together that which is separated into one fellowship and communion. A reception welcoming Chase will be held in the Great Hall following the liturgy.
Imagine Mass, Sunday, November 21
The 9:00 worship service will feature inspiring music written by the Beatles and performed by musicians affiliated with the Old Town School of Folk Music. This is a continuation of the series of special liturgies which has included the U2charist, the Celtic Mass, and the Motown Mass.
Youth Preacher Jill Wiedrich, Sunday, November 21
New Trier Senior Jill Wiedrich will be our guest preacher at the three liturgies on Sunday, November 21. Jill is talented, articulate, and has been an active member of our youth program, and we look forward to hearing her perspective.
Thanksgiving Liturgy, Thursday, November 25
In observance of our nation's day of thanks, a Choral Eucharist will be celebrated at 9:00am.
Advent begins Sunday, November 28
As a tribute to Father Myers' final Advent season as rector, his favorite hymn, Lo He Comes, will be included in every Sunday liturgy during Advent.
In the Vineyard
We joyfully announce the birth of . . .
• Jim and Katy Roth's triplets ~ 4lb15oz Alexander, 6lb1oz Robert and 4lb13oz Elizabeth. Julie Roth is their very proud grandmother.
• 8lb4oz John Marshall Wood on September 28. John is Sara and Dick Wood's grandson.
We express our sympathy to . . .
• The family and friends of long-time parishioner Anne Teeple, who died on October 15. Anne had resided in Paducah KY.
• Bob Delaney and his family on the death of his wife, Quinn, who died on October 6 after a lengthy illness.