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APRIL 23, 2021

Kenosis: Giving Ourselves Away

In her new book The Church Cracked Open,” The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, who serves as our Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation, reminds us of the theological concept of “kenosis,” which is the “self-emptying” of Jesus’s own human will to embrace God’s divine will. Canon Spellers writes: “In Jesus, God shows us what it looks like to be vulnerable, humble, and self-giving. In him, we see one who did not run from the things that broke his heart, nor did he first calculate what he could gain from a situation. Jesus sought instead to give away his life, so he and others might flourish as God intends.”

Now more than ever, the world is in need of our self-emptying so that all might flourish. There is no way we can do this on our own. But with God’s help, Spellers argues, as an act of faith, we can invite the Holy Spirit to guide us in the act of kenosis. She wonders: “What if we believed and lived as if love is stronger than death, as if giving away our lives for one another actually restores and increases everyone else’s life? What if we allowed the Holy Spirit to make possible a degree of loving and self-emptying that we, under our own individual power, could not possibly achieve?”

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

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer of Self-Dedication, Book of Common Prayer

In-Person Worship Opportunities Start May 2

Beginning Sunday, May 2, Christ Church Cathedral will once again offer in-person worship opportunities (with restrictions). Join us for services at 8 am, 10 am, 1 pm, or 4 pm. For those who prefer to worship at home, we will continue streaming the 10 am and 1 pm services. Reserve your tickets by the Wednesday preceding the Sunday you wish to attend.

Pre-registration and COVID-19 precautions will be required for all attendees. Pre-registration allows us to communicate directly and efficiently with attendees in case plans change due to weather or rising cases of COVID-19.

We look forward to seeing you!

Easter CoffeeTalk


Join us for a brief conversation with the Sunday preacher and an encounter with the Holy Scripture. What did you hear in the Scriptures? What did the sermon say to you? Where is God calling you into action?

March for Dignity, Respect, and Permanent Protection


Cosecha Indiana invites you to attend a March for Dignity, Respect, and Permanent Protection that will start from Monument Circle this Saturday, rain or shine. Meet us on the Cathedral lawn. Cosecha is part of a national movement, working towards permanent protection, dignity, and respect for all immigrant workers.

Old Friends: Preconcert Talk


Former CCC organists Michael Gebhart and Simon Thomas Jacobs talk with Interim Director of Music Christopher Caruso-Lynch about their upcoming recital program featuring music by J.S. Bach, and works for four hands and four feet! Hear about Michael and Simon’s adventures after time at CCC finished, and what they’re up to now.

Be sure to join us on Saturday, April 24 at 6:30 pm for this exciting program!

Vestry Meeting


Christ Church Cathedral’s Vestry (governing board) meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Our meetings are open to the congregation and all are welcome to attend.

Faith in Action:
How Your Pledges Fund Outreach

This month, thanks to the generosity of Christ Church Cathedral’s pledging members and friends, the Covenant Grants Ministry was able to send a check to The Foundation for Lutheran Child and Family Services for use in their food pantry. The Sharing Place, located in Lawrence Township, benefits individuals living in poverty and crisis situations by providing fresh produce, protein products, and diapers/clothing for infants and children. This grant will help with the purchase of food, hygiene items, and equipment replacement in their facility.

The Covenant Grants Ministry team has a list of nine proposed grant recipients for 2021, and we’ve fully funded two of the nine. The more you give, the more we grant!

Ready to Grow in Your Faith?

Are you interested in deepening your faith by studying the scriptures, church history, and theology while engaging in meaningful theological reflection? CCC’s Education for Ministry (EfM) program, developed and overseen by The School of Theology–University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, provides mentored small groups to study and engage with others in life’s discovery of the spiritual journey with God, a journey truly unique—individually and communally—as it is lived out in daily life.

Groups meet weekly for 2.5-hour sessions from September through May. There are daytime and evening meeting options. Although EfM is a four-year certificate program, we know life sometimes interrupts our best plans, so participants are asked to reaffirm their commitment each June.

Newcomers, former participants, and program alumni are most welcome!

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.

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.

Prayer in Practice

Centering Prayer Group


Join us on Zoom for a time of Centering Prayer. We have a time of checking in, a spiritual reading, followed by 20 minutes of Centering Prayer, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer. Centering Prayer is an opportunity to stop and listen, being still and resting in God’s ever-loving presence. Guidance is given for those new to Centering Prayer. All are welcome.

Intercessory Prayer: Who We Are, What We Do


Christ Church Cathedral’s Intercessory Ministry consists of lay leaders who are committed to praying for the needs of others and their life situations. Prayer is our bridge, and we call on the presence of God to work through us as we respond to the needs of our community members. Since April of 2020, we have welcomed the opportunity to walk with others in their times of need, concerns, and celebrations. If you feel called, we invite you to join this ministry or send us your concerns and thanksgivings.

Send your prayer requests by email to Rev. Fatima, all information is held confidentially.

Sacred Space Yoga: Online and on the Lawn


The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and we’re happy to invite you to in-person, all-levels yoga classes beginning May 5.

Classes will be held (weather permitting) each Wednesday at noon on the church lawn. No experience is needed, just wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement. As we are observing social distancing measures, it is also recommended that you bring your own yoga mat.

Live, online classes (via Zoom) are also still available Monday evenings at 5:30 pm.

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