The following is a message from our minister, Jerry Stecker.
This week is the week of Christian Unity. At our parish we invited the the local Lutheran minister read the gospel and give the homily. Our pastor will do the same at her church this weekend. This is also the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I believe both churches are moving slowly to some sort of reunification. The goal I believe is to look to the things we have in common and not our differences. The hope is our aim toward Christian unity. This is a timely message these days.
Last week we experienced a change in the White House. We have a new President with a new cabinet. Today many communities and large cities experienced demonstrations. I have a feeling the next four years will present many such conflicts. This will be a good time for all Seculars to be grounded in the Holy Spirit and our Franciscan charism and be peacemakers.
In this week of Christian Unity let us also be peacemaker who bring unity to our communities, our families, our fraternity. Let us concentrate on what we have in common and not in what can divide us. We are all brothers and sisters in St. Francis and Clare.
I share a prayer from the cover of our parish bulletin. May this help us now and in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead.
God of all, we pray as one, that we may be one, just as the Lord Jesus prayed we may be one in Him. Your Son Jesus compels us to be reconciled to one another. May our spirits be joined to your Holy Spirit, that we may witness to the visible unity of your church. May we all recognize that we are truly one with you. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and grow together in peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.