Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. John the Baptist,
These words, adapted from Matthew 5:14, remind us that we are called to bring the light of Christ with us out into the world. Like candles lit from one another our light potentially can influence another to live a life of light. With our generous God anything is possible; including our participation in Kingdom building with the light of we carry.
Over our past history, including this last I imagine that you have seen that light demonstrated joyfully in our parish: in worship, learning programs care for our facilities, and in our service to the wider community through our support of ministries such as the Salvation Army and Lodi House.
When we at St. John’s bring our light into the world, we express our gratitude, confidence and willingness to take risks as agents of Jesus remaking the world. In making our light visible, we keep our salt flavorful, as Jesus puts it in these words from The Message:
“Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.”
Reflect upon that passage for a moment. Our work, our prayers and our giving are all about making God’s flavors, colors,
and love visible an available to all in our lives. And they are about our willingness to accept the challenge to stretch and grow, into our individual purpose, and into the mission of our church.
I humbly ask you all to join with me and to reflect on the gifts you have received, and to consider how God is calling you to risk “flavoring” the world with your time, talents, and treasure. I pray that we will join together to give abundantly to bring light into our
lives and the world around us.
Your Brother in Christ,
The Reverend Peter Ackerman