Newsletter – August 2018
The Church of Our Saviour
Home Coming Edition
On Sunday, August 21, 1878, the Church of Our Saviour was consecrated; and on Sunday, August 19, 2018, we will renew our commitment to serve the Lord. We look forward to a wonderful time of worship, blessing, dedication and fellowship. We will gather to worship the Lord ‘in the beauty of holiness,’ we will ask the Lord’s blessing on our Parish to continue effectively proclaiming and living out the Good News of the Gospel, and we will dedicate our Stained Glass Window, given in memory of our former rector, Elijah B. White III. In addition, we will enjoy the fellowship of all who gather, and we look forward to meeting again with former members of The Church Of Our Saviour at this Homecoming Sunday.
We also look forward to having our bishop, the Rt. Revd’ Daniel Morse, with us. He will lead us in worship.
There will be just one service on Sunday, August 19 – at 9.30. Please join us.
Jim Basinger, Rector
We are happy to report that the Pulpit Bible has been wonderfully restored, the new Plantation Shutters have been installed, and work continues on the Columbarium, and additional air conditioning is being installed in the Farmhouse. Earlier in the spring, the water damage in the basement has been repaired and the Nursery has been redone. Thanks to the entire Baxter family (Ralph, Melodie, Chad and Kailey – and Criselda Bell) for completing this project.
What is so Special About the Church?
It seemed appropriate to include in this newsletter excerpts from a very helpful book on the church. The book is entitled Why Bother With the Church by Sam Alberry.
“Just as the U.S. embassy in London is considered a part of U.S. sovereign territory overseas in a foreign land, so the local church is a small part of heavenly territory in this world.
People don’t enter a church; the church enters a building.
The church depends on the truth. But there is also a way in which God’s truth depends on the church: not that the church approves or decides on what the truth is, but that the church is the means by which God’s truth reaches into his world. The church is the earthly outlet for God’s truth, the embassy that represents him.
The day of Jesus’s return will be a wedding feast—and Christians are invited to it not as guests, but as a bride. None of us will have to sneak into heaven through the back door—we’ll be walking up the aisle.
If you want to understand how committed Jesus is to the church, here’s your answer. He doesn’t just create it and let it be. He marries it. . . . Church is not his hobby; it is his marriage.
The membership of every local church is no accident; it is by divine design. There is no one there who is a spare part, a third foot, or second nose. There is no one there who is not necessary, or who doesn’t need the rest of their church.
If the church is worth Christ’s blood, then it is certainly worth its leaders’ labor.
We want to be in a church with small groups, not a church of small groups. The main center of church life is the whole gathering, not the small groupings.
The very things that make church hard work are often the things that make it great.
The only perfect church is the heavenly assembly, and this does not meet at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday a short drive from your house. So until you’re called to join the throng around God’s throne, you’re called to belong to a church in which others will get things wrong—and so will you.
Church is not for your entertainment, as a consumer, but for you and others to find encouragement, as a contributor.
It is almost impossible to overstate the positive impact we can have on others if we are coming [to church] looking for ways in which to be an encouragement.
Are we praying regularly for our church? The answer to that question is a good indication of whether we’re coming as Christians, or as consumers.
You need a church, and there’s a church out there that needs you.
All the church is and does cannot be ultimately accounted for by the usual measurements of this world.”