Lutheran Episcopal Covenant
Christ Evangelical Lutheran – St. Georges Episcopal
An old adage wisely states: "A friend is a gift you give yourself. It is an act of trust to welcome another person into our thoughts, plans, and toil. It is a joy to share those things most deeply believed, and a gift to have a ‘sounding board’ when faced with a confusing set of options to a new challenge. To receive another close enough so one can strive alongside of a companion, is a gift you give to yourself.” Each October, our church celebrates the anniversary of our gift, our covenant with St. Georges Episcopal church.
St. Georges is our friend, a companion in ministry, and partner in the thoughts and discernment of ministry in a changing time.
The image of the "friend," a companion in the way is the true spirit of our covenant. The creative interchange that happens when we allow ourselves to share the things we hold most holy with others whose understanding is a little different ‚ is powerful and renewing. As we learn about "others," so we also clarify for ourselves what is most dear and true to our own way of carrying the faith. We have long enjoyed fruitful relations with our Episcopal neighbor. We have shared common liturgy on Ascension Day and other holidays and have held study sessions on our common heritage. We have grown our friendship through game nights and Octoberfest celebrations. We have served our community through accessibility projects. We have made educational trips to the Virginia Theological Seminary, National Cathedral, Historic Christ Church, and Mt Hebron Lutheran Church. And, we have shared fellowship and worship at Shrinemont.
So, join us as we renew our agreement to do more together and encourage more of this creative exchange. Join us as we strengthen our witness for the Gospel. We pray that the days ahead may be creative times of deepening understanding of a sister Christian church whom we can whole heartedly embrace as members of one family. Ultimately, there is only one family where one sees the Gospel at work. Christ is reconciling the world to God and us to each other. There can be no more positive and hopeful act than the reconciliation of the faithful in Christ.
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