Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Future of St. Dimitri of Rostov Mission

Original post: Sunday 14 February 2010
Updated: Sunday 18 April 2010

The future of meeting in this beautiful place after Fr. John Hennies retires on Bright Saturday up-coming, is uncertain at best. IMHO it will depend on whether we individual parishioners and the ecclesiastical leaders from the Diocese of the South (DOS) in Dallas are able to put our personal and collective egos aside enough to meet truly with Christ in our midst. That has ever been our only hope. The DOS Dean is coming to celebrate the Liturgy on April 18, to conduct OCA business and to assess our situation. God bless him and us!

With this in mind, it is important for me to suggest that the success of our upcoming meetings may depend on our collective willingness to bring our personal and collective dreams to the table. More on this in subsequent posts.

Sunday, 28 February

During this morning's sermon at St. Dimitri, Fr. John spoke about the future of St. Dimitri after his upcoming retirement in a month. He referred to the story in the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus healed a paralytic whose four friends had let him down with ropes on a pallet from the roof of a house packed with visitors who blocked the way to Jesus. This man's faithful friends thought "outside the box!" (of the house!) in their confidence in Jesus. When the man descended from the roof and reached the feet of Jesus, the Master acknowledged the man's faith and said, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." This, of course, infuriated onlooking scribes. But Jesus went further and commanded the man to "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." This the man did immediately in the presence of everyone there and to their amazement.

Bringing the sermon's lesson to apply to tiny St. Dimitri's upcoming survival challenge, Fr. John said, "It doesn't make any difference the size of our little parish. When two or three are gathered in God's name, there will He be also." What have we to worry about if we can meet in faith in God's name the same way as the paralytic and his four FAITHFUL friends?

I agree. Our faith will be the determining factor.

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