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  • The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
  • Apr 04, 2019
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Without a vision, the people perish.

Proverbs 29:18

Proverbs 29:18 is one of my favorite and most powerful passages of scripture. I have heard it preached brilliantly by a young preacher named Michael Curry in 1992, long before he became the Presiding Bishop. The most common interpretation is that we should have a vision that animates us and drives us forward. In my personal life and in church work alike, I have found this to be undeniably true. Without an animating, unifying view of the world, everyone can come up with different hopes and dreams that can be at odds with one another. A lack of vision or an unclear destination can lead to all sorts of trouble- not to mention putting us in a place we likely never intended to go.

In the last nine months with Holy Innocents’, I have been meeting and talking and listening to people. I have heard complaints. I have heard hopes and dreams. I have heard about old wounds and fresh injuries. I have not heard from anyone that there is a clear idea of what we want to do together. Some hopes in one direction or another but nothing that helps us think about the dream of God’s kingdom in this world.

With all of this in mind, Chris Protos and a team of all stars in our church are beginning a conversation with the parish about our collective animating vision. Called “HIEC 2050”, the team is seeking to understand who we are today, discern who we are called to be in the next 30 years, and co-create steps on how we get from here to there. That is no small endeavor. They will begin with a three-week program during the Formation hour, 10:00-11:00am. I invite you to come and see. Come and share what you see bringing life to Holy Innocents’.

My favorite part is that this verse does not end with the people perishing. Instead it helps us understand the importance of the work we have ahead. “But he that keeps the law, happy is he.” Let me say it all more colloquially. Our baptismal work is to find out how Holy Innocents’ can be part of fulfilling God’s kingdom here and now. We are called to find a way to worship and celebrate and live into God’s dream for this broken world. Come and see how we can do this together. Come and see the new life God is raising up around us. Come and help us craft a vision for God’s kingdom enacted together with joy.