This Sunday will be their fourth and final visit and I will be preaching. Last Sunday their organist/pianist Todd was our instrumentalist. He played and a group from our parish sang -- it was a marvelous combination and the Holy Spirit didn't disappoint us -- He showed up!
David and I will be talking soon about how we can sustain the close relationship our two parishes have enjoyed these past weeks. We will explore having a pulpit exchange and maybe we could provide a mini-"Faith Alive" type weekend for them. We will see.
I believe a growing edges for our diocese, now that we are out from under TEC and have a new structure in the ACNA and a new mission focus, is how do our parishes recover fellowship and ministry together. It is very easy to fall into a pattern of isolation and minister as separate "silos". It is also clear that if we are waiting for the diocese to provide the direction and the impetus for us to minister together we will be sorely disappointed and will be waiting a looooong time. We need to take the bull by the horns and just do it or perhaps better said, let Jesus do it.