The steeple restoration constitutes the first phase of the complete Master Plan for growth and life in the third century of Christ Church Cathedral. It is a tangible expression of our reaching out to the world around us, and a sign of the hope Christ gives us. It is also the symbol of the “Restore, Renew, Reimagine” capital project, which now enters its second phase. Work will soon begin on the north side of our campus. This will involve the renovation of our antebellum twin houses to provide larger meeting spaces and improved enlarged choir spaces, the addition of fire stairs and an elevator, and the construction of a new kitchen. This work will enable us better to fulfill our ministry of hospitality to our community and our diocese and to be accessible to all people. We give thanks for the generosity, faith, and vision that make this work possible.
Our celebration this Sunday is grounded in the baptism of three new members of the household of God, and in the confirmation and reception of six people who are affirming their commitment to Christ. We will join with them in renewing our Baptismal Covenant. As we do so, we will commit ourselves anew to proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ by word and example, to seeking and serving Christ in all persons, and to striving for justice and peace, respecting the dignity of every human being. These are challenging promises, which require more than our individual will alone to fulfill: we have to rely on the grace of God and on each other, united in prayer and worship, in order to do so. My hope for this day is that we leave this place unified and strengthened in our commitment to follow Christ and to share God’s love with the world.
But before we go, we will take some time to celebrate-the newly baptized, confirmed, and received, and the love we have in our life together. Please plan to stay for a while after our worship; there will be a Reception in the Chapter house honoring the newest members of the Cathedral Family.