The Church through the centuries has sometimes been likened to an Oasis. A place of refreshment, rest, nourishment, peace, and equipping inthe midst of a world that sometimes looks and feels like a desert of sadness, pain, violence, hatred, and exhaustion. The Oasis is the place we find Jesus our Lord and Savior. It is an image that I resonate toward.
However, in the midst of the Flower Festival at the end of August--thanks to one and all who created this marvelous event--I was struck by the image of the church being like the Oasis that holds a flower arrangement together. Each church, like each arrangement, is made up of all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, and types: bright colorful flowers, simple greens, large blossoms, little buds, ferns, and stems. Each and every one of these myriads is implanted in an oasis which holds the arrangement together, as it dispenses water and nourishment to each and every part. Hence the importance of recognizing and accepting each other as equally important to the arrangement, as well as the need to maintain the Oasis so that all are nourished and fed. Recall that the Church was and is established by Jesus himself.
For Zion Church and St. John's Chapel the importance the Oasis--our Church--cannot be overstated. As we draw near to the close of our Stewardship Campaign I encourage you to prayerfully consider pledging, if you have not done so as yet, and help us to continue being an Oasis for our Lord in Manchester.
"When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then we were like those who dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with joy." Psalm 126: 1 & 2
May our Lord Jesus nourish and bless you,
The Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector and Vicar