You can call me Amy or, if titles are super-important to you, Reverend Amy. I’m the priest here at St. George’s.
This is the spot where a ‘welcome from the Rector’ is supposed to go, and I’m supposed to say something so witty, charming and soulful that you’ll come to St. George’s, become a member, and give us money. But as it says on this page too, at St. George’s we feel called to be of spiritual help not only to those who come here, but also to those who don’t.
So I’ll just say this: Everything I know about Jesus says that he welcomes and pretty much loves everybody: always has, always will. He was so fond of sharing meals with everyone in sight that his critics called him ‘a glutton and a drunkard.’ As a priest in a church that has the shared meal of communion every Sunday, I’m kind of a stand-in for Jesus – I’m the one who says the holy words over the bread and wine, like he did. Therefore on behalf of Jesus, I invite you to his table, any time you’d like to come.
And one more thing: The way it feels in my soul is that the table of Jesus is a sort of epicenter, which not only has its own magnetism to draw people toward it, but also its own blessing, that radiates out from it.
So if you choose to, next time you’re sitting at the light at Beulah or Commonwealth, take a second to sense that blessing washing over you, and know that, just like the song says, Jesus loves you.
If you do ever come to visit, I’ll be the one up front talking a lot.
I hope you’ll stay for coffee, and introduce yourself to me. (So that I can talk you into becoming a member and giving us money.)