New life comes, not in spring, but in fall’s turning toward winter. This between-season of turning to new birth begins with All Saints’ Day, when we remember those who have gone before us into the light of new life. As we gather-in our stewardship for the next year on that day, we acknowledge the responsibility we carry as the heirs to the saints who loved and cared for Christ Church over the past 193 years, and we accept our responsibility for ensuring the continued health and growth of the mission carried out from this sacred place. In this Messenger you will find historical information about Christ Church’s presence in Mobile for almost 200 years. I hope this material will inspire you to think and pray about our future.
I am thankful for the generous response to our annual stewardship effort in October. This has been a year of tremendous giving on the part of the Cathedral Family, and 2016 promises to be a year of continued growth. The Vestry Nominating Committee of retiring vestry members and dean’s appointees has done good and faithful work in assembling a slate of gifted nominees for vestry and convention delegates. You will find more information about the individuals who are offering to serve and help lead us into our future in this Messenger. Our parish meeting for the purpose of electing these slates will take place on Sunday, December 6.
Our final worship opportunity of this liturgical year will occur after Christ the King Sunday. This year’s Thanksgiving Day Service, a combined effort of the downtown churches, will take place on a different date and time: Monday, November 23 at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The preacher will be from Big Zion A.M.E. Zion Church. The new church year will begin on the First Sunday of Advent, November 29. This will be Year C in the Eucharistic Lectionary and Year Two for those of you who follow the Daily Office Lectionary.
As the days grow shorter and we look toward the closing of this year, we remember that we are people of hope, who find new life beginning already in the turning toward the end. We have much to be thankful for in looking back to the year that has passed, and we have much to anticipate in the new life ahead.
The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson, Ph.D., Dean