Keith died on November 29, 2017. In celebration of him and of his service to St. Matthew's, we are re-publishing this profile of him from November 25, 2012.
Where do we see God’s hope alive in the world today? As a New Community, a New Creation in Christ?
In church yesterday, I experienced God’s hope, peace and life as I took communion. I felt a letting go, a “here I am” moment. I thought, “here I am-sinner and saint.” Each Sunday-we go forward to take communion and remember our Lord’s death and resurrection- the hope that grounds our Christian Faith. Lisa spoke of the opportunity we can all take to experience Christ’s resurrection in our daily life and work, when we look at another person or interact with another.
My favorite Episcopal communion liturgy is Eucharistic Prayer C. It not only acknowledges that humans and our earth are but a tiny part of creation, but it also elegantly encapsulates the Biblical story. About the Fall, it says:
“From the primal elements you brought forth the human race and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.”
In her Sunday sermon “Creation,” preacher Blair Pogue made the following points about the first creation story in Genesis (1-2:4a):
The story causes her to picture God as an artist
This passage is not a scientific account, but a story that addresses important theological questions: Who is God? What is God like? What is the nature of the universe? Who are we in relationship to God?