Some of us make resolutions like one man, named George, I heard about recently. He said to a friend: "There's nothing like getting up at six in the morning, going for a run around the park, and taking a brisk shower before breakfast."
His friend Bob asked, "How long have you been doing this?"
George said: "I start tomorrow."
As we find ourselves in this New Year, you may find yourself feeling a little like our friend George, making plans or resolutions for a change in lifestyle: more exercise, less desert, no smoking, and more recreation. We make these plans with the best of intentions, knowing deep down that they will make for a healthier and happier life. And yet, somewhere along the way, we get side-tracked: I’m too busy to exercise, I’m too stressed to consider giving up cigarettes, I will slow down once I get this deadline met. There is ever and always something to get in our way, to prevent us from following through on those resolutions.
For many, going to church fits into this category; it’s something we know that we should do, but we just never seem to get there. In St. Luke’s gospel, Jesus tells the story of the king who invited guests to a banquet. Each of the guests made excuses for not attending, each believing that they have a valid reason for not attending. How often we miss being fed, simply because we don’t accept the invitation.
I invite you, in this New Year, to resolve within yourself, to accept the invitation offered by our Lord to be fed by the Bread of Life, to come and journey with our Saviour, to join with countless others who have found grace and hope and love in Jesus Christ.
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.