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Good Word 9/10/2021

September 10, 2021

Faithful Strugglers

A prominent Episcopal Church in California once advertised its course in basic Christianity with a cartoon. The sketch showed a small crowd gathered before a man who stands with arms outstretched. One character in the crowd leaps up and down like a school child ready with the answer. The rest of those gathered stare at the speaker with perplexed expressions. The speaker is Jesus. He’s asking them all, “Who do you say that I am?”

That question from the scene of this coming Sunday’s gospel goes to the heart of our faith. Not many of us have ready answers like Peter, who readily proclaimed, “You are the Messiah.” And Peter, of all people, had some struggling to do before his answer met his heart. Yet merely to hear the question and struggle with it is to embark on the Christian journey of faith.

Welcome to a community of faithful strugglers. Join us as we gather this coming Sunday to meet once again the one with the hard questions and the arms outstretched.

—The Rev. Canon Tom Kryder-Reid

Remember, Renew, Rise: An Anti-Racism Conversation


In our Baptismal Covenant, we promise to “seek and serve Christ in all people, loving our neighbors as ourselves,” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being.” Fulfilling these baptismal promises means that we will continue to do our own interior spiritual work of learning about and overcoming our own personal biases and prejudices, but we also are called to do this work together as a interconnected community. How will Christ Church Cathedral flourish in the future as an intentionally anti-racist, multicultural congregation? What next steps do we need to take as a congregation to flourish and thrive as beacons of God’s hope and justice?

Join Junior Warden Andrea Hunley and Dean Gray Lesesne and members of our Discernment Team for conversations after the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. worship services in the Cathedral.


In light of the safe resumption of some formation programs starting this Sunday, the Dean in consultation with the Wardens, have made slight adjustments to our Regathering Guidelines. The updated guidelines will remain in effect until after the current Delta variant subsides.

Please take a moment to review our slightly adjusted guidelines.


Hurricane Relief Fund

On Sunday, Aug. 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida.


SAVE THE DATE: Bishop Jennifer Visits CCC


Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will visit CCC to celebrate and preach at the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. services. After each service, Bishop Jennifer will participate in the forum in the Nave.

Waller & Maxwell Guitar Duo: Spanish Music for Two Guitars


Soundboard magazine wrote of Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell, “Great playing! This duo delivers the goods from moment to moment, and piece to piece.” As energetic proponents of duo guitar playing, Anne Waller and Mark Maxwell have toured the United States and Europe for over 40 years. Their unique programming of works for both 19th-century and modern guitars provides rare insight into the evolution of this captivating art. Their program will feature works by Fernando Sor, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Manuel de Falla.


Christian Formation for Children and Youth


We are thrilled that we will once again offer children’s formation activities beginning Sunday, Sept. 12. Children ages 3-12 should gather downstairs in the Parish Hall at 11:30 a.m. We plan to use the Parish Hall for activities as much as possible to ensure social distancing. Youth (ages 13+) will gather on the lawn following the 11 a.m. service. All attendees should be masked regardless of vaccination status.


Apple Picking at Anderson Orchard


This annual outing, started more than a decade ago by CCC’s Latino community, is a crowd favorite! Bring a picnic and meet at the playground at Anderson Orchard in Mooresville. We’ll work our way through the orchard to find a perfect picnic spot by the lake. Pick a bag of apples for your family and/or to benefit CCC’s Sunday morning breakfast ministry for our neighbors experiencing homelessness and hunger.


Save the Date: The Blessing of the Animals


Join us and bring your fur babies, plumed pals, and slithery sidekicks for the Blessing of the Animals! This short service in observance of the Feast of St. Francis takes place on our front lawn and we welcome all God’s creatures and their guardians. Although outside, masks are still requested for all humans over 2 years of age, and animals must remain under the control of an adult, on a leash, or safely contained at all times. Pets will receive a blessing and a St. Francis medallion as a token of love and protection.


Welcome Mariann Scott!

Mariann Scott has joined our staff as our new Canon for the Circle (Director of Community Relations), and we are very excited for the work she will undertake. As Canon for the Circle, Mariann’s primary endeavor will be to build relationships with our neighbors on the Circle and with other mission-focused organizations with goals that dovetail with our own. Mariann will attend all three services on Sunday, Sept. 12, so please say hello and introduce yourself if you get the chance.


Evensong Resumes at CCC


We are pleased to announce that Choral Evensong has resumed at the Cathedral with a couple of minor changes. Firstly, in addition to the traditional Thursday Evensong sung by the full choir, we also will have Evensong on Tuesdays sung by the choristers (without adults). Secondly, please note the time of the Evensong has changed from 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This service provides a beautiful respite at the end of a chaotic workday. Join us in-person or online.

Save The Date: Stewardship Kick-off Event


Following a special bilingual worship service at 11 a.m., we will gather on the lawn to kick off our 2022 Stewardship Campaign: Grateful Together, Giving Together, Growing Together. We will enjoy delicious tamales prepared by members of our Latino ministry and share stories of how our gifts impact the community. Throughout the campaign, we’ll be sharing stories of our gratitude, connection, and mission. Bags containing special elements of our theme also will be distributed during our gathering on Oct. 3 so that you and your family can incorporate the practice of giving into your daily rituals.

See you there!

Help Needed: Volunteer Music Librarian

CCC is searching for a volunteer music librarian. Working with the Director of Music, the music librarian prepares music for upcoming services and files music from past services. Come help in the behind the scenes work that keeps the choir humming all year long! This position requires approximately two hours of work per week on Tuesday mornings.


Pastoral Support Training for All

Are you a person with a caring heart and a good listening ear? Or do you believe you could be and would like to develop and grow in those qualities? Rarely has the need for such gifts been greater than now as we all struggle through the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and its variants.

At Christ Church Cathedral we can train you to be a Stephen Minister—to provide confidential, one-on-one support for people who are facing various challenges and stresses, whether confinement and loneliness; illness or grief over the death of a loved one; separation or divorce; job loss, relocation, or retirement; a new arrival or an empty nest; fear for your health or the well-being of loved ones during these trying times. Stephen Ministers model Christ’s love by being present with their care receivers—listening, empathizing, and encouraging.

Consider applying for training if you feel a call to this ministry. Training is interactive and intensive, challenging and rewarding, and teaches skills valuable in all human relationships. Commissioned care providers are then supported through regular, required supervision.

Classes will be conducted Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 20, online via Zoom until in-person sessions are permitted.

Interested? Contact Canon Tom Kryder-Reid by Oct. 1.


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