Who are We
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We are a community, forgiven and loved by God, joyfully called to the work of reconciliation.
God is in this place.
We have discovered that God is here, that we are here because God has shown us love and forgiveness, and that we are here for a purpose, that God is putting us to work here, that we are here to build up the Body of Christ Church, to be sure, but more. That it is not enough, to paraphrase the prophet Isaiah, that we should care for one another, but that we are asked to be a little light in this part of the world, in this neighborhood.
Take a careful look at page two of our recently published newsletter, The Fountain, to see what a bright light we are reflecting here. That light is all about worship and celebration and music to the glory of God. That light is for learning, particularly about the Word of the Lord. That light is showing a way back to the Lord, a path of reconciliation for those who have been in bondage to alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, and sick relationships. That light is showing God’s care for all people, beginning with the every diverse neighbors of CEC. And you will see, we are turning on that light for the campus too.
Christ Episcopal Church is "a community, beloved and forgiven by God, joyfully called to the work of reconciliation." All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. [II Corinthians 5:18]
So wrote St. Paul to the young church in Corinth. He credits God with reconciliation, names Christ as his strategy, and tells us it is our job to carry on. Conciliation means to make friendly. Reconciliation is to make friendly again. It means to renew a good relationship. Reconciliation may be seen as part of a process of a relationship gone wrong, typically as the result of one party causing a rift, by putting an end a relationship of enmity and by substituting for one of peace and good will. This may be the relationship between individuals or between nations. Here in church, we have three primary relationships which need reconciling. First, our relationship with God, and secondly our relationship with ourselves and one another within God’s extended family. Thirdly, there is our relationship with the world, with our neighbors, close and far.
Reconciliation is a sacrament of the Church. We know Christ is working to reconcile us to God, as individuals, corporately as the Church. It is the work of Jesus Christ. When we know our need of this and reach out for it, God is just and merciful, virtuous and compassionate, and God can and will bring us round right.
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