Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Church

I’m a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, an Episcopal parish in downtown Raleigh NC. 

CGS was founded in 1874, and our current sanctuary was built in 1914. A rich history!

...but the congregation is a diverse flock, engaged in urban ministry and very much alive with young families and their children. 

Come for a visit!

Patient & Gracious God,

When I was a surly teenager church was so tedious. What’s with these old hymns, the same routine every week, the uncomfortable pews?

You were indeed patient and gracious - because forty years later - it’s a joy to be in church!

Those ancient hymns and our timeless liturgy connect the faithful across generations. The pews are still uncomfortable, but the ninety-eight year old benches creak with tradition and history. That’s comforting. Today, I find order and harmony (neither of which seemed crucial when I was sixteen!)

Praise God! Worship is inspiring and uplifting. I am a witness to your presence at Church of the Good Shepherd.

…with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:20-22)