“The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and His work become the one and only thing that is vital between us.”
These words from theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer point to the profound reality that Christian community is a means of grace. Our life together is the outward and visible sign of our inward spiritual journeys. This sign grows bigger and brighter as we move more deeply into our shared life of ministry and mission, accepting the wonder of being God’s beloved and the call to be God’s disciples.
This Sunday’s Annual Parish Meeting is an opportunity for deepening and strengthening Christian community here at Incarnation. We will gather at 12:30 p.m. in the Assembly Hall (with the option to Zoom) to attend to a necessary part of discipleship — considering the state of the parish, electing representative leadership, and celebrating the many grace-filled moments of our life together.
We hope you will participate in reflecting on our common life at the Annual Meeting and that it becomes a source of inspiration for continuing God’s work in the world and at Incarnation. You will see that the converse of Bonhoeffer’s words also rings true. The more we make Jesus Christ and his work the most vital thing in our lives, the more genuine and the deeper will our community become.