Expanding Community

Sometimes technology bridges the divide between time and space.  Other times it creates a divide among those who are sitting right next to each other.  There is nothing inherently “good” or “bad” about technology.  Like most things, it is the intention which we bring to the utilization of it that most impacts whether technology enhances or detracts from human connection.

After months of planning, today we launch our new website.  Why?  Why not just keep things the way they were?

Great questions…I asked for this new platform to expand our sense of community among those of us who are already connected to Holy Spirit.  Also, to reach out to people who may never physically participate in our life as a parish, but may be interested in what we are doing, saying, reading, teaching.  It is a bridge for guests to gently prepare the way to join in.

We will post on this blog.  I’ll use this space to share stories, spiritual reflections-who knows?   Others will be able to muse about what they love or find frustrating about life as a parent, or musician, or seeker.  Those who guide our children can update us about explorations in the atrium.  Perhaps some of our wizened elders will offer tips for navigating the dark nights of the soul.  Imagine, just imagine…hearts, and hands, and souls connecting.  

Isn’t it kind of freaky to think that this is a new manifestation of following Jesus’ command to “make disciples of all nations?” (Mt 28:19)

What you are experiencing on this site today is a first step…a great first step.  One of the benefits of the platform we have incorporated is that it is simple to navigate, easy to change.  As our ministries or educational offerings change–the message will reflect that.  If something important is happening– folks will know right away.  The intention is connection! I hope you will stay connected.  I hope you will invite others to connect to us.  

Explore what we are saying, doing, hoping, praying on this site.  What do you think?  Have suggestions? Gripes? Compliments? Don’t be shy, your opinions and ideas matter greatly.

Many thanks to Nick at Status Forward!  You are an awesome techno-visionary partner.  Thank to the HS team–Mandy Golightly, Tara Portney, Toni Nash, Allyson Agee, Chip Arn, and Malcolm Marler. This has been a great group effort.

A prayer for our community  Gracious and loving God, we give thanks for the gift of community.  For those who have been a part of Holy Spirit since before it was formed, to those who have yet to come.  Grant us the grace to listen devoutly to one another, forgive one another, to celebrate joys and sorrows with one another.  May we seek and serve Christ in ALL persons.  May our worship draw us closer to You and may we lift our hearts and lives in thanksgiving to the innumerable gifts you have bestowed upon us.  Give us the courage and compassion to follow Christ, reaching out beyond our natural boundaries and comfort zones.  Draw us closer to, and draw those closer to us, hearts who desire life in Christian community.  In Your loving name we pray.  AMEN

Blessings,

Mary Bea

Easter 5B May 3, 2015

 

Inner Radiant Light

Audio File            Easter 5B PDF File

New York Times columnist David Brooks writes, “About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued.

You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.

“When I meet such a person”Brooks concludes.  “it brightens my whole day.” Read or listen to the entire sermon.

Easter 4B April 26th, 2015

Love in Action 

 Audio file PDF File

Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan

“Love in Action is listening to the life of a young man with the ‘ear of the heart’ as St. Benedict would say.  As our hearts are filled with gratitude and appreciation for the love Christ has shown us, we are compelled to allow that love to spill over into the world.  It is a love with an unending source, so we need not hoard it with a fear of not having enough.” Read more… or listen to the entire sermon.

From the Vestry

Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit! We are an inclusive, inquiring community doing our best to follow in the path set forth by Jesus.

Our mission is to create worship, ministries, education, and social gatherings which support our deepening discipleship with Christ.  We believe it is important that our experience of “church” reaches beyond the confines of any building or worship service; and that it must be relevant to how we live our lives–how we raise our families, care for aging parents, mend broken relationships,  approach our vocations, and participate in the needs of our community and the world.

Grateful for Christ’s message of love, grace, and forgiveness , we  attempt to embody that for our families, church, and the greater community.  We are grounded in the teachings and worship of the Episcopal Church.

It is our experience that deepening discipleship is lived out in individual prayer and study,corporate worshipChristian education, sharing of gifts, gathering in community, and tending to the least of these.  We believe the Holy Scriptures are living words, pointing to the way as ascribed by the Living Word–Christ.

Thank you for visiting our website.  Please join us for one of our worship offerings, adult or children’s educational programs, or contact us directly for a conversation. office@holyspirit-al.org

 

Proper 13A Mary Bea Sullivan August 3, 2014

Sermons should have a PDF link to the program which will be uploaded in WordPress and will have an embedded Youtube or Vimeo video recording. Audio can be used in WordPress as well, but we would have to configure that. I reccommend Soundcloud for uploading audio regularly.