“The word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as the potter has done?” Jeremiah 18: 6
These words, offered by the reluctant prophet, Jeremiah, can be interpreted as words of hope that remind us that we are ever and always a work in progress, and that we are constantly growing and evolving as people of faith. They can also be interpreted as words of judgment, reminding us that God will break up the rebellious clay and re-fashion it into something more in keeping with the design of the creator. Regardless of how we interpret the prophet’s message, (one of hope or one of judgment), the effect is the same: they are words that cause us to change and to be changed.
Several years ago, a lady brought home a wall plaque that read "PRAYER CHANGES THINGS" and hung it in the kitchen. Upon seeing it hours later, her husband took it down. Thinking that location was the problem, she put it back up in another room. Surprised to find it resurrected elsewhere, he took it back down. So she asked him point blank: "Don't you like prayer?" To which he said: "Sure, I like prayer. It’s change I don't like"
There are many who relate to this resistance to change, and yet, as people of faith, we are a people who, at our core, are forever changed by the love of God through Jesus Christ. Lent is our opportunity to recognize the ways in which we have, in the potter’s words, become spoiled or mis-shapen, and to also recognize that through God’s amazing grace, we are re-formed. Through these Lenten days, may we continue to grow and evolve and become the people God has created us to be.
If this is your first visit, it is a joy to welcome you to our Cathedral web site. Perhaps you are looking to find the presence of God in your own life journey, a search that in the midst of the noise and confusion of our age, can at times seem overwhelming. Maybe we can be of some assistance. Contained within this site are examples of the ministry that we share as the cathedral church of St. Paul’s. We enjoy a wonderful mix of young and old, those who are new to the faith, as well as those who are mature Christians. In the midst of a wonderful blend of personalities comes the blessing of a variety of gifts and ministries. May the information you find here encourage you in your own faith journey. We invite you to come and make your spiritual home with us at St. Paul’s, but pray that wherever you are, you will find a Christian community where you can deepen your faith, and explore what it is that God is calling you to. Wherever you are, your prayers for the ministry of the people of St. Paul’s Cathedral are appreciated, and know that you will be in ours.
We are thankful for the people of St. Paul’s, who offer their gifts for the ministry of the church as we seek to live out the commission that our Lord gave to us all, and we are thankful that you have visited us here… we wish you every blessing as you continue your journey in faith.