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Good Word 4/16/21

APRIL 16, 2021

As your clergy, our priority is always to be pastors with and for our Cathedral community. We’ve already been in touch with the families of our Cathedral community whom we know to be connected to FedEx. However, we want to make sure we’ve not missed anyone. Please call the Cathedral (317-636-4577) if there is a way that we can be a pastoral presence to you or your loved ones right now; a priest is on call 24 hours a day.

As our community now mourns, grieves, and remembers the nine people who died yesterday, may the powerful prayer written in response to this act of violence by The Right Reverend Deon Johnson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, give voice to our sorrow and strengthen our resolve to act:

O God we are tired, tired of the names recited, the lives lost, and the dreams destroyed in pestilence of gun violence. We are tired of the stories cut short, the households shattered and the inability to act in justice and righteousness. In your tirelessness, receive the dead, comfort the grieving, move the mired, inspire the silent, and embolden the just. Move us from thoughts and prayers to action and accountability; that in our day we may see the great day of peace. Through Jesus Christ your promised peace. Amen.

                                                — The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min.

In-Person Worship Opportunities Start May 2

Come worship with us! Starting May 2, Christ Church Cathedral will offer four in-person Sunday worship opportunities. Our traditional 8 am, 10 am, and 1 pm services will be held indoors, and a new 4 pm bilingual service will be held outdoors on our lawn. Advanced registration will be required for all services, and staggered arrival times for the indoor services will be implemented  to reduce congestion at the entryway.

  • Services at 10 am and 1 pm will be live-streamed.
  • Indoor services are limited to 25% capacity and may be moved outdoors onto the lawn if the COVID positivity rates and 14-day average case numbers in Marion County remain at unadvisable levels.
  • Masks, social distancing, and refraining from singing are required.
  • The Peace with be exchanged symbolically, and the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated with Communion of the people in bread only.
  • While a small changing station will be available, the Nursery, Children’s Areas and Parish Hall remain closed.

This plan is contingent on a continued decline in COVID-19 cases and positivity rate in Marion County, so please continue following all COVID guidelines to reduce the spread!

Ready To Grow Your Faith?

Would you like to explore:

  • Christian scripture (Old and New Testament)
  • Church History
  • Theology
  • and the practice of Theological Reflection?

We call this EfM (Education for Ministry) at Christ Church Cathedral. We invite you to join a small community of people during the afternoon or evening (your choice) who engage with others in life’s discovery of the spiritual journey with God that is truly unique individually and communally as it is lived out in day to day ordinary life. EfM is a 4 year commitment (September-May), with weekly sessions (except major holidays) of 2.5 hours each week meeting together (6-10 members). You decide your commitment annually in June as life circumstances may interrupt your EfM journey.

EfM community is facilitated by a lead person trained in the EfM process. EfM is structured, guided and has oversight by the Episcopal Church – University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. If you are a graduate or past member of EfM and would like to return, you are most welcome!

Help Wanted: Director of Communications

Help us spread the word! CCC is looking for a talented and dedicated individual to lead our communications efforts. The Director of Communications helps us tell our church’s story, celebrating the work God is doing among us, with us, and through us. The Director of Communications will be an integral participant in our congregation’s upcoming season of strategic planning, and they will help us develop and implement a practical communications plan that maximizes our connectivity, visibility, and presence, both inside our church and in the larger community.

Bread for the World: “Feeding Our Economy”


Presented by Bread for the World of Indiana, this free one-hour conversation will address how food insecurity affects our economy and how and why governments should invest in accessible, equitable and nutritious food systems. The panel will feature four speakers, including Sen. Mike Braun, who serves on the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

If you cannot attend the event online, please consider participating in Bread for the World’s 2021 letter-writing campaign to encourage Congress to make the Child Tax Credit portion of the American Rescue Plan permanent. Templates are provided, or you can add your own words to create an email or letter to send to your representatives.

With Hearts and Hands:
Dementia Caregiver Conversations


More than 16 million Americans are caring for someone suffering from dementia. The experience can take a toll on caregivers, and those who support them, as they face the demands of helping their loved ones. Join The Rev. Jean Denton, retired priest from the Diocese of Indianapolis and healthcare administrator, as she leads a conversation focused on supporting dementia caregivers.

Concert Series Continues with Old Friends, Simon Thomas Jacobs and Michael Gebhart


Simon and Michael have been associated with Christ Church Cathedral since 2011 and are delighted to return for a recital on the Cathedral’s wonderful Ruth Lilly Memorial Gallery Organ by Taylor & Boody. In addition to solo works by J.S. Bach, they will combine forces in a performance of Samuel Wesley’s “Duet for Organ”—a delightful work for two players, four hands…and one toe!

Easter Joy: Sweet Samples from the Arts


Easter’s good news that God’s love reigns over death’s powers has long inspired painters and sculptors, composers and virtuosi, poets and storytellers. This three-part offering explores selected works from the visual arts (April 28), music (May 5), and prose and poetry (May 12). Join the Rev. Tom Kryder-Reid on this fascinating exploration. Let Easter joy find you from the arts.

Image credit: LeCompte, Rowan and Irene LeCompte. Christ shows himself to Thomas, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Save The Date:
Holy Hike at White River State Park


Join us for a Holy Hike as we gather outside the Visitor Center at White River State Park at 801 W. Washington St. (across from the JW Marriott) in Indianapolis. Paid parking is available at the Visitor Center. Holy Hikes is a national network of ministries, including the Diocese of Indianapolis, that helps people renew their relationship with the earth, the church, their neighbors, and their Creator. Participants are asked to wear masks and maintain social distance while walking. This hike will be wheelchair accessible.

Sacred Space Yoga: Get To Know Rachel


Rachel Hedges has been leading the Sacred Space Yoga classes at Christ Church Cathedral since October of 2017. As a downtown resident, she has enjoyed bringing the practice of yoga to both the Cathedral building and the church lawn, and looking forward to returning to those very special and sacred places as soon as possible.

Rachel was introduced to yoga as a music student at the University of Indianapolis when she discovered a book by Christian monk Jean-Marie Déchanet in the library. Drawn to the calm of the breathing and posture exercises, she found that the practice of yoga deepened her experience of prayer.

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