My Dear People,
There are, as has been said, certain known knowns, certain known unknowns, and certain unknown unknowns.
When you walk into St. Paul's Church, there are particular things about you that we don't know; as there are, indeed, particular things about you that we don't know we don't know.
(Hang tight. We're getting to the best part.)
There are also things about you that we know. And we know these things regardless of whether you were baptized at St. Paul's seventy years ago, or whether you stumbled into St. Paul's for the first time this past Sunday.
We know these things whoever you are, whatever you've done, wherever you've been, and whatever you believe.
These are the known knowns. And we know them if we know anything:
We know that you are God's Beloved.
We know that we are called to welcome you.
We know that God has given you gifts to share.
And we know that God would have us invite you into the ministry (read: work) that we do in the name of God, as we try to do nothing less than change the world.
I give thanks that, at St. Paul's Church, these are indeed known knowns.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving,
your brother in Christ,
PS: And, if you'd like, click here to read "A Theology of Ministry", which I finished writing this past Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King. I wrote it about you.