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Tucked away on Orchard Avenue on a street of imposing mansions means that St Martin’s remains something of a best kept secret. We have little foot traffic visibility, and so spreading the good news about the value added to our lives through participation in the St Martin community’s life and outreach is crucial to our flourishing.
On Sunday in
Thy Kingdom Come
I spoke about living our faith more publicly. This is a tough sell for Episcopalians, who like to keep their love of God also as something of a best kept secret. After all, rejection of the fear motivated hard-sell that typifies so much of populist American Christianity is among the chief reasons many of us gravitated to the Episcopal Church in the first place.
There’s a soundbite often incorrectly attributed to Francis of Assisi, yet nevertheless instructive for our purposes:
preach the gospel and if necessary use words.
It’s quality of love and integrity of service that communicates the life of faith most effectively. The writer of I Peter could well have had Episcopalians in mind when he penned in 3:15:
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that is within you.
St Martin’s, our focus is to equip one another with solid mooring as we navigate life’s choppy seas; a mooring where our hearts are anchored to the deep inner conviction that we are loved by God. Conviction makes us convincing. It’s as simple as that.