Building a new church is not just a matter of putting up a structure. Building the structure runs parallel to building up the people of God in this place, for we are the church—the Body of Christ, and the building is a reflection of our community and our faith.
It is my job to lead the building up of Christ’s church in this place, but I cannot do it without each one of you. Together we put Christ first and we do this by renewing our commitment to his church.
As we move forward to build a physical church it is vitally important to remember that we are not simply erecting a building in which to say Mass. The new church is a sign and symbol of the other kind of building that is going on in this parish.
The new church building must be a sign of the new church building we are doing in our lives and in our community.
The image of the building as the living church of Christ is everywhere in the New Testament. St Peter says we are “living stones being built into a spiritual temple” St Paul says to the Christians at Corinth that they are the “temple of the living God”. Christ is the foundation and the apostles and prophets are the builders.
As we continue our plans to build a beautiful temple for the worship of God it will simply be an empty building if we do not also build up the church of God who are the people of God. Each one of us are meant to be a living stone in that spiritual temple which is the Church of Jesus Christ in this place.
Yes, we need more people to make cash donations and pledges to build this new church, but more than that, we need people to make sacrificial offerings of their lives and their loves to serve Christ the Lord. We need people to make pledges of their service, their time, their talents and their abilities, experience and gifts to serve the Church, to serve God and to serve others in this parish.
Things are moving forward. The Holy Spirit is active in our midst in so many real and powerful ways. The Church of Christ is being built in this place, in our lives, in our families, in our parish and in our school. Go here to see a photo gallery of the construction progress.
Once again, ask yourself what part you have to play in this great work. Are you sitting on the sidelines waiting for others to do everything? I encourage you to get up, get involved and get on the Lord’s side to help build Christ’s Church now and for eternity. Go here to learn more about how you can make a donation to the physical building, and explore the website further to find how you can contribute your time and talent to building up the church of God in this place.
We are still raising funds to complete this beautiful church. Every donation helps no matter how small. To make an instant donation please go here.