How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?  Romans 10: 14

Change. Passing time often brings the need for change. I kept a small toy dinosaur in the pencil section of my desk drawer at work as a reminder that I must be flexible and willing to change to avoid going the way of the dinosaur. In my 37 years of tenure, I experienced a tremendous number of changes in the developments and operations of my organization. Some were the result of wonderful achievements in science while others were less welcome signs of the times. All required adaptation.

The last year has certainly brought about change for all of us, and none more so than for our Parish. Our clergy and staff have adapted heroically to new methods in order to continue to share God’s Holy Word.

The beautiful words of the hymn “There is a Balm in Gilead” include “If you cannot preach like Peter, If you cannot preach like Paul, You can tell the love of Jesus and say he died for all.”  Reverend Frederick Neve, Rector of St. Paul’s Ivy from 1888 to 1924 explained that we can increase our usefulness by a thousandfold by “influencing others and bringing about good” through what we say and do. Each of us has a role in spreading the Good News: God’s love for us and His saving Grace through Jesus Christ NEVER CHANGES!

Rev. Frederick Neve’s prayer for the Order of the Thousandfold:

“Almighty God our Heavenly Father, Who with Thy Son Jesus Christ has given us all things in heaven and earth, we beseech Thee to make us a thousandfold more useful to Thee than ever before, that so Thy power and blessing may flow through us to multitudes of others who are in need, and also make us more willing and loving servants of Thine to Thy honor and glory, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Psalm 119:145-176, Psalm 128, Psalm 129, Psalm 130; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Romans 10:14-21; John 10:1-18