This is a true story.
There was a large family who came together to bury their mother not too long ago. She was a good mother, and together with her husband raised their children with Church as a large part of their lives.
Well, the children all grew up. About half of the children continued the tradition of going to Church with their families. A few others chose different denominations to practice their worship. And, a couple more chose not to attend church at all.
But, when it came time to have their mother’s funeral, all the children were there with their families in tow. When the Priest began the mass, all of the children answered with the correct responses in unison. And, there was not a prayer book open in the bunch.
The Priest paused in astonishment.
During his homily, the Priest mentioned the source of his surprise. Never before had so many people come from so many different places and were able to respond so clearly from memory.
Their father sat in the front row and beamed with pride at this statement.
It should really have not been so surprising. The parents raised their children with the Church. Year after year, their children took it all in until it became a part of their personal fabric. So, even the most unreligious of the children could now honor their mother by reciting the mass from heart.
This family demonstrated that the simple act of remembering a few words can have a profound impact, even during the saddest of times.
It occurs during happy times too. How many of us cry during weddings as the bride and groom recite their vows?
Church- the Sunday morning that sometimes feels like too much effort -is important. Each Sunday of ritual and repetition helps make a difference when our lives change.
We can always do more and give more to our Church. But, ultimately, it is the fact that we attended with faith that will make the most difference.
Yours in Christ-
George James (Rectors Warden)
Chris Kydd (Finance Warden)
Kevin McLean (Peoples Warden)
Chris Pepe (Development Warden)
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