As I sit in my office at church, I am reminded by the quiet that I am not alone. In this Holy Silence I hear the voices of children playing in the Sunday school
classrooms, deep theological discussions taking place by adults in the larger gathering space, and conversations about youth issues coming from the
Library/Youth room. I see a congregation sitting in the sanctuary and children giggling on the carpet near God’s Table as they color or play. I am reminded that
one or two (maybe even three) generations of individuals have brought to light the spark that Holy Cross is today.
Holy Cross is a special gift to the Diocese of East Carolina. I am learning that you have deep roots that ground this congregation. You have a long history of supporting others through outreach and in reach (my word for ministries in the church) ministries. I am learning that the way we worship is joyful, freeing, and uplifting. I am learning that this congregation speaks their mind with wise insights or diverging opinions to listening ears and open hearts. All of this makes up the Body of the Church—the DNA of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Wilmington as we bring the light of Christ to the world. FOR ALL OF THIS I AM THANKFUL!
I wish each and every one a Happy Thanksgiving with this prayer for Thanksgiving Day: (BCP, pg. 246) Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.