January 6, 2021
Dear People of Christ Church,
Today is the feast of the Epiphany, where the Wise Men display to the world that its Savior is the Savior of everyone, not just a select few. Coming from a land far away without any Temple credentials or credentials of any kind, they knew that the grace of God applied to them just as it did to everyone else, from shepherds to charlatans to the King who would slaughter innocents.
Democracy is like that, too: a government by, of, and for the people, intended to dispense liberty and justice for all.
Today, as a country, we temporarily failed at the notion that while we all have voices, our civic life is shared equally by the power of the Constitution and the rule of law. It is a hard day for the United States. All of you will have your own takes on the whys and whats and hows of this moment, as you should. There will be countless hours spent processing what this event means today and for our national future. As your Rector, and as a fellow Christian, I am inviting you to prayer and faith.
I have included below an adaption from the Book of Common Prayer which you can use in your prayers tonight. Not only does our country need praying over, but each of us needs to pray to remind ourselves of our high ideals and dependence on God. We need to ask God to help us because without that help, all is vain.
I also want to encourage you to have faith. While there will always be dark forces at work in the world, as our Epiphany story reminds us, in our country and in our day, we have to trust that as a nation we can get through this moment and that democracy will not be undone by the riotous few. We need to know that the good will of our fellow Americans, however divided we are at this time in history, will prevail now as it has through over 200 years of intermittent calamity.
I have also included a poem by Jan Richardson which seems timely tonight. I hope you find it useful. I certainly did.
If we had no pandemic, we would be gathering in our church home tomorrow for a service to pray for a more perfect union. In the days ahead, we will instead be bound in spirit as other Christian people have been, from time to time, throughout history.
You have my love and my hope for peace, for each of us and for our beloved country.