Many Voices, One Story
Isn’t it amazing that our scriptures contain different telling of the same story? Our story of Jesus is told in four different ways by each writer – each with commonalities and differences. The Book of Genesis interweaves two different stories of the creation of the heavens and the earth. The books of Samuel/Kings and Chronicles cover a similar period of time. Much of the narrative of both sets of books cover the basic periods between King Saul and the exile - but with very different understandings on the events that happened.
There was a time I thought that all of this was confusing or unclear, and over time I have come to appreciate that this is part of the beauty of our faith. There are many different voices and perspectives of the one story of our faith. It is through entering this sense of diversity that we more deeply and embracing its incongruity do we begin to sense the voice of our God who speaks, as we know from Pentecost, in many different forms and tongues.
Over the last few months, energized by conversations at our February Annual Meeting, has been exploring ways to bring more voices into the life and leadership of St. Paul’s. Most notably, this is coming through the commitment to revitalizing the Vestry commission system in order to expand the voices and participation in the leadership of our ministry areas. We also have begun to run a weekly “St. Paul’s Voices” blog post on our website, that is then also linked from the weekly email. At least once a month during a Sunday service we plan on having a “Minute for Mission” where a member of our community shared their own story of ministry and transformation during our worship. We also will continue to have members of the parish write the Prayers of the People, to help share their spiritual voices. How else can we continue to grow and expand the voices in our shared community of faith?
It is through all of us contributing our voice to the life of this community, that I believe we will more clearly hear the one story of our faith – and how it is moving us together in this place.
The Rev. Noah H. Evans,