Measure in Love: Annual State of the Church Report

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the people of his hometown: “You are having an adventure in missing the point.” The rector confesses he’s paid too much attention to Average Sunday Attendance. Maybe you have a number, a statistic, a marker by which you measure your work, your worth. Ask yourself, “would Jesus care about that number?”

The Illusion of Control

The story of the Epiphany tells us, we can choose how we show up where we show up. We can choose to bestow our gifts on the ones who might least expect our generosity. We can let go of trying to control the people and events around us, and instead work on being present to the surprising presence of God in each moment. Even in a week as frustrating as this one.