Monday, January 10, 2011

12 Hours to Go!

Today is the day most missioners anticipate with comes with a sense of anxiety.  12 hours before our departure! Re-packing bags, finding your passport for the 4th time today, checking the weight of your bags, and trying to remember if you forgot something. And of course checking the flight status. Our departure tomorrow is5:30am

Yesterday, we celebrated the 1st Sunday of Epiphany and Feast Day for the Baptism of our Lord. What a fitting liturgy for our mission team. We were commissioned and we renewed our baptismal vows with the entire parish. "Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself" and we all shouted "We will with God's help!". 

With God's help! The people of Haiti have be claiming this truth for generations and especially in the past year. The people of Saint Dunstan's have been claiming this truth too.  Indeed, claiming God's love and grace in the extreme loss the world experiences daily AND in our own lives of loss is rooted in the cross: "Lift High the Cross - the Cross of Love Proclaimed -
for the all world"  

How do you claim the cross in your life, in your family, in your work? We are prepared to learn so much about claiming the Cross of the Good News from the people of Haiti. We pray that upon our return we will share with each other how God is calling us to do the same here at home! 

The Rev. Mark C. McKone-Sweet
Sent from my phone. 

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