The Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement!

54 West Main St. Sodus, NY 14551
(315) 483-4235

Sunday Service: 9 AM
Midweek Eucharist: Tuesday 10 AM
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9-12

Priest in Charge: Rev. Dr. Michael Laver
Associate Priest: Rev. Cathy Lewis
Deacon: Rev. Stephen Meister
Music Director: Mrs. Maxine Rawden
Parish Administrator: Mrs. Linda Kayser


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  • Water of Life!June 4, 2019, 9:43 a.m.

    Some of the most basic elements of our world are gifts in the sense that they give life, literally. The water we drink, the fire we use to cook and to make metal, and so forth, are both essential to our way of life, and that is reflected in some of the most vivid imagery of the Bible. Jesus tells his disciples that he is the water of life and that anyone who drinks of the water he gives shall never thirst. Jesus' ministry began with a baptism, an immersion in water, a rite we still observe today these thousands of years later. Israel's history has been delineated in many ways by water, from the parting of the Red Sea to the Sea of Galilee to the River Jordan. But just as water can be life giving and life-sustaining, so too can it bring destruction. We are all too aware of what too much rain can do to our agriculture, and to our property. I think one reason why elements such as water and fire resonate so much with us is that they represent a great balance that is at the center of life. Too little water and life is not possible; too much water and life is made unbearable. So too with fire: fire controlled and channeled is necessary for life, but fire out of control is destructive.

    Balance is a concept that seems to be sorely lacking in our world these days, whether it be in our personal lives, our families, or our corporate life together. We seem to have become conditioned to live our lives in "the extreme." Our news only highlights the most extreme violence and the most divisive conflict, and lost in this deluge of negativity is the coming together of people from various walks of life, or the kindness that humans are so capable of. It's only natural given the pervasiveness of this extremism that we internalize this and begin looking at the world through this lens. The Christian "story," however, illustrates for us that we are to live lives of balance. The disciples, when they admonish the woman for using expensive oil to perfume Jesus' feet instead of using the money the oil would fetch to help the poor, are themselves admonished by Jesus when he tells him, "the poor you always have with you." Jesus is not telling us that we should not help the poor, but rather that we should focus on other things as well, such as developing our faith ever deeper and discerning God's will for our lives. so a balance then between activism in our collective lives and quiet reflection in our personal lives. So too in our relationships: we must use relationships, including our church family, to become our fullest selves, but we must also allow others the freedom and space to become their fullest selves. This is easier said than done! Christianity has always been a religion of the community, but we also need times of quiet and solitude. Before Jesus' ministry, he spent a long time in the desert by himself, but then he immediately re-entered society and set to work carrying out his ministry amongst the people. This is a great model for our lives.

    Let us focus this summer on being in community, on enjoying each others' company, on serving one another in the name of Christ, on our ministries, but let us not forget that we need to intersperse these occasions with ample time for personal reflection so that we can hear the word of God in our hearts and in our minds. God bless you, and happy summer!
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