"We know that change is hard. Lately, I've been praying these words from the Book of Common Prayer's Compline service "Be present, O merciful God... so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord." This change, of being displaced from our home of at least the past 83 years is exceedingly wearying. And yet, we are clinging to three truths:
1. Every Christian community in Massachusetts is asking (or will be forced to ask) questions about how we hire our buildings to serve our mission. We are not alone in this hard moment of evaluating our space to do the work that is ours to do.
2. Our God is changeless. The Church is one, regardless of where the Mass Council of Churches has our office. We are not alone. God goes ahead of us.
3. We are not alone. You have shown through your prayers and financial support the wide community invested in this work for Christian Unity.
So thank you.
to help us with the costs of moving!
We are overwhelmed by your generosity and partnership. You remind us that the Body of Christ is real, and we are all parts of it. In churches and Christian institutions in Massachusetts, it can be easy for us to buy into the lies that we are small, powerless, and alone. You have proven those all wrong. Thank you for reminding us of the strength of the beloved community in the New England!
So now, we want to leave well. From our office at 14 Beacon
, prayers were said, protests were planned, leaders of divided parts of the Church met, hard conversations were had, unity was cultivated and the Gospel was proclaimed (both from our former radio studio and in our many social ministries!). We want to give thanks for all of the good ministry that happened from here and together bless our new space for the work that lies ahead. One more time, we're asking, will you join us?
Moving Party and Blessing
Wednesday, March 21, 6:00-7:00 PM
Meet at 14 Beacon Street, Suite 416
We will have some celebratory beverages and some time to meet and share memories of the space.
At 6:45 we will engage a short liturgy of thanks for the space we are leaving behind.
Then we will walk together to the site of our new offices:
Once we arrive, we will bless the new spaces for the continuing work of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. (For the next year) We are moving into the offices of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, alongside the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and Episcopal City Mission. We've heard your expressed desire for a common Christian witness in our state capital, and believe this location for our statewide network will indeed allow us to "make the vibrant Church visible."
We hope you can join us! And even if you can't be there in person, know that we feel your solidarity and prayers in a real way. Thank you, Church, for lifting us up in this time of transition and change.