You are the light of the world!
You are the light of the world!
But if that light is under a bushel,
It’s lost something kind of crucial
You’ve got to stay bright to be the light of the world.

Dear St. John’s Parishioner,

Once upon a time long ago and far away when I was a graduate student fresh out of college, I attended an off-Broadway production of a musical called Godspell. These words, adapted from Matthew 5:14, remind us in a fun way that, although our light may be shining, “something kind of crucial” is lost if we don’t bring the light we have out into the world, for all to see, for the glory of our generous God and the building of the kingdom.

This past year, I have seen that light demonstrated joyfully in our own parish. The light of Christ shines bright through our tradition of excellence in Anglican music and liturgy, through our pastoral care ministries as we care for one another, in our outreach ministries as we care for those beyond our parish, in our programs for children and youth as we raise our kids in a way that they learn and live Christian ethics, and in our adult education and social programs through which we deepen our faith and broaden our community in Christ.

I continue to be overjoyed with and grateful for your generosity, because when we bring our light out into the world, we express our gratitude, confidence and willingness to take risks as Christians reshaping the world; something the world sorely needs. 

Indeed, our work, our prayers and our giving are all about making the love of Jesus Christ visible and 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 ask that you prayerfully reflect on the gifts you have received, and to consider how God is calling you to risk reshaping 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.

Yours in Christ,

The Very Rev. Charles E. Connelly