This week’s collect is particularly suited to our ecumenical celebration of worship and friendship with Gaddiel Acquaah Memorial Methodist Church (GAMMC. We are celebrating Christian unity this week, and in the lesson from 1 Kings we hear Solomon proclaiming the greatness of God as he dedicates the temple he has built. In the collect, we pray: “Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name…” (Book of Common Prayer, p.232) Relationships between different groups of Christians are important because Jesus prayed to the Father for his disciples that “they all may be one, as you and I are one.” (John 17: 21) It is God’s desire that we be one in love as the members of the Trinity are one. Every time we pray with, worship with, and work with Christians of other denominations we proclaim God’s power and love for everyone. Though we are not as united as we will be when Christ draws all people to himself, all Christians are called to work together to proclaim Jesus Christ and share the good news of God’s saving grace.
This week, I invite you to open your minds and hearts to our brothers and sisters from GAMMC, and hear the Gospel proclaimed to you in a new language and in a new way. The Methodist churches are an example to Anglicans of vigorous missionary work and of the need to find creative solutions for ministry. We are related by our history and origins in the Church of England, and our relationship with some Methodist churches is growing closer. Methodist churches throughout the world are bringing the Gospel to those who have not heard it, and are advocating for peace and justice alongside the Episcopal Church right here in the DC area. We rejoice to praise God with our nearest Methodist neighbors, and to be with them in fellowship. Please join us for the celebration of God’s love reflected in our friendship as the Holy Spirit gathers us this week.