"As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged Jesus that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed."
- Mark 5:18-20
Tell a friend what the Lord has done for you! That is what Jesus asks the man healed of demons. And I think that is what is asked of us, as well. Yet, we demure. Episcopalians can accept many things, but we can be very shy about evangelism.
I think of the many ways my life is blessed by my relationships at Trinity in large and small ways. Remaining thankful to God in a worshiping community is a way to stay connected and to celebrate our relationship with the Holy One. People who may be isolated by demons of self-conciousness, loneliness, or simple shyness, may need encouragement to take part in our community of faith.
Trinity Church is a beautiful example of God’s people living our mission together with all the challenges that can entail. As our friend, Tim says, “Trinity is a hospital for our souls” and we need to invite those folks outside of our walls to come in and see what the fuss is all about.
Yesterday, we launched our new brand and logo and tomorrow we will launch our new website and feature it in our social media. In today’s world “marketing” is an important element of evangelism. However, there is nothing like the testimony of first hand experience. So if you are like me and have found God’s compassion, community, celebration, and love here at Trinity, please share a link our new website tomorrow on social media. Or better yet, find someone who may need God’s love and compassion and tell what the Lord has done for you!
When I was a seeker, I sought both night and day.
I asked the Lord to help me, and God showed me the way.
Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere. Go tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born. Amen.
(Go Tell it on the Mountain, verse 2)