Statement of Sanctuary
As a community of the people of God, we are called to minister to all
people in our world, knowing that the world is often an unloving place.

Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness.  We are challenged by

the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society.




This week the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Mission that took the world to the moon.

In the 1960's the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci interviewed the American astronaut Wally Schirra:  "How does it feel to be up there?" she asked him.  He shook his head.  "Feeling weightless, you feel exquisitely comfortable."

"And when you come back to Earth, Mr. Schirra? how does it feel?"

"For me it is a great feeling of regret, a great sorrow.  You are no longer weightless, and the topping needle takes away your joy and restores your weight, your biblical curse.  No, returning is not a sigh of relief.  You can love the Earth with all the love in the world:  Returning is regret, is sorry."  

From someone who has, for a time, escaped the bonds of part and shed the weight of gravity, gives us a small perspective on the limits of life and unlimited nature of God.

As we move forward into our readings of Colossians in worship, we see a glimpse of a Cosmic Christ, where "the fullness of God was pleased to dwell".  The soaring language of Christ, reminds us of the near presence and vast nature of God.







O Lord Jesus, make us instruments of your peace,
that where there is hatred,
we may sow love,
where there is injury, pardon,
and where there is despair, hope.
Grant, O divine master,
that we may seek to console,
to understand, and to love in your name,
for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Saint Francis of Assisi

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