Living Stones: Building for Ministry

Living Stones: Building for Ministry

From Rev. Adrian Dannhauser

I'm running the New York City Marathon to raise money for much needed building repairs to my church home, Church of the Incarnation.

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Earlier this year, a piece of stone on the facade of our historic and beautiful church, Church of the Incarnation in New York City, came crashing down onto the sidewalk near our Madison Avenue entrance. Repairs are a must, and the work required is extensive. That's why I'm running the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 4, to help preserve our beloved building.

Like many people, I love my church dearly. I get to walk through the sanctuary almost daily and feel the presence of faithfulness. A sacred energy that lingers from people worshiping here for over 150 years. The joys of weddings, the pain of funerals, the bright hope of baptisms. I especially feel this energy on Sundays evenings, after the Incarnation community has been in worship together. After we have come to engage in ancient tradition, sing hymns, and say words that have brought peace and comfort to Christians throughout the ages. After we have gathered to receive the bread and the wine, and once again, Jesus has made himself known to us. Once again, love has met us at the altar. 

In his first letter, Peter writes, "Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5). Stones symbolize the people who form the church and the structure that is a dwelling place for the Spirit of God, with Christ as our foundation.

Please join me in preserving the legacy we've inherited from previous generations of faithful Christians and preserving a space that supports a sustainable future for our parish, nurtures our many ministries, and proclaims a warm and joyous witness in the heart of New York City.

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