It has been a long 9 days. We’re tired. We’re flooded with legislation. We’ve still got some tricky work on the Denominational Health Plan, Lay Pensions, Constitutional changes to make structural reform possible, among other items. As we slog through legislative session from 8am until 6:30pm, with a break for lunch and worship, I can’t help but wonder, “to what end does #GC77 gather?”
Of the 844 Deputies on the floor this morning, you’d probably get 844 different answers to this question. I won’t attempt to speak on behalf of the house, but will offer you my thoughts.
The 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church gathers to glorify God. Whether we agree with what happened here or not. Whether or not we think General Convention is of merit or not. Whether or not we even know what is happening in Indy. We gather, first and foremost, to the glory of God. I say this with confidence based on the lesson from Ephesians appointed for Sunday.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
To summarize, “we set our hope on Christ, so that we might live for the praise of his glory.”