Trinity June 2008

“They were all with one accord in one place.” (Acts 2:1)  The very words arouse interest.  It was fifty days after the Lord rose from the dead.  The earliest Christians were the ones gathered, to ponder the way forward.  Suddenly “a rushing mighty wind filled the house where they were sitting.”  (Acts 2:2)  Cloven tongues like fire sat on each of them, and the Holy Ghost welded them together into one.  Since that first Pentecost the tiny family, cleansed in the blood of the Lamb and enlivened by the Holy Ghost, has grown vastly, argued incessantly, fragmented so often that the multiple images she presents to the world are like shards of a broken mirror, each presenting a somewhat distorted image of the Truth.

And yet we Catholic Christians meet in groups – both large and small – fervently praying that the product of their prayers and deliberations will be inspired by the Holy Ghost and that he will lead them into “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6)

The 2008 Diocesan Synod is another of those meetings of Christ’s family.  God the Holy Ghost is there, leading and lighting our way, inspiring us to grow closer to him, to each other, and urging us zealously to spread our nets wider and more effectively in his Name.

Thank God we do not call ourselves the Anglican Church of Las Vegas; we would be isolated from the much bigger body of believers, cut off from our larger extended family whose sole purpose is the edifying of itself in love.  St. George’s Church would not be in Las Vegas if it were not for the larger Body of the Church, our national Church, The Anglican Province of Christ the King.  The Holy Ghost inspired men in our national church to be mission minded; placing upon their hearts the desire to bring others to know and love Christ.

We pray for those making the trip to Tulsa that God will inspire and stir their hearts and bring them safely back home to us.

“As every man hath received the gift, so minister the same as one to another.”

Father Hines+

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