The Collect for Proper 8B could not be more appropriate as the 78th General Convention *finally* gets underway today.
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
As deputies and bishops gather to do the work of the Church, to speak prophetically to the culture, to shape our vision for the future, and to restructure for mission, we do so not in a vacuum, but upon a foundation that is more than two thousand years old. To switch metaphors slightly, our goal, it would seem, would be to tap into the deep roots established by the Spirit on Pentecost as we seek to align ourselves with the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed so boldly that it cost him his life.
It is only by tapping into that deep foundation laid by the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone, that we can have any hope of finding the will of God for ourselves, for our congregations, dioceses, and, as is the task here in Salt Lake City, finding the will of God for The Episcopal Church. The schedule is hectic, but time for prayer is built in all over the place, the President of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Jennings, has already noted that she will always honor a call to prayer in our house, and the Acts 8 Moment is offering a service of Evening Prayer at 9:15 this evening. As we begin in earnest, we must remember to pray, to tap into the foundational love of God as we seek to do his work in the Church for the world.