Report from Fr. Alan Wilmot, Rector
On the weekend of March 22 – 23, the Anglican Church of the Resurrection, Brewster welcomed our Bishop Bill Murdoch of ADNE to Cape Cod. I’m used to other organizations in which when the ‘Big Guy’ comes for a visit, it’s a big deal, which means a lot of work and a little fear due to the authority the visitor wields. We put in a lot of work, but it was a labor of love since we always enjoy Bishop Bill’s visits. When he arrives, it’s like a visit from a friend with a cheerful and outgoing personality.
Members of our congregation put him and his wife up in a cabin they own (which has a NICE view) Saturday night, then he, his wife, my wife and I went out for a pleasant dinner and a time of catching up. Sunday Morning, Bishop Bill delivered a fine, pastoral sermon on Roman’s 5 (“we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”)
It was doubly appreciated since we so recently studied that very passage in a home Bible study! He then celebrated the Eucharist with us, and we had a nice lunch where we meet for worship (Brewster’s Council on Aging), affording everyone the opportunity to meet and greet our bishop.
Afterward Sunday lunch, Bishop Bill met with our Vestry, and shared some ideas and strategies for evangelism, in particular focussing our thinking of the specific demographics we are aiming at on the Cape. He also touched briefly on the Next Step Appeal campaign, encouraging us that the Diocese would help us put on effective events and share in the results. He then departed, and we felt better for his being there. Aside from his being a really nice guy with deep spiritual insight (and a wealth of ideas), it helps us feel like an important part of a dynamic diocese.
You can find Church of the Resurrection, Brewster online at capecodanglican.org.