The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

The Episcopal Church in Central and Southern Indiana


“That divine spark that is the light of Christ”: Bishop Jennifer’s Christmas message

In her Christmas message, Bishop Jennifer says, “That divine spark that is the light of Christ exists everywhere, and it might be in the places we least expect to find it that the hope and light of Christ is made real. And I see that as a I travel around our diocese … that there are signs of light and possibility and hope all around us, because you are there — serving and showing up for neighbors in need and showing up for one another.”
En su mensaje de Navidad, el obispo Jennifer dice, “Esa chispa divina que es la luz de Cristo existe en todos lugares y puede estar en los lugares donde menos esperamos encontrarla, que la esperanza y luz de Cristo se haga real. Y lo veo cuando viajo a través de nuestra diócesis … que nos rodean signos de luz y posibilidad y esperanza porque ustedes están allí sirviendo a y estando presentes para los vecinos más necesitados y estando presentes el uno para el otro”.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas message

‘Have a blessed Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and go out and make music in the heart of the world’

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Have a blessed Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and go out and make music in the heart of the world,” Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2017.

The video can be seen the Episcopal Church website.

The text of the presiding bishop’s message follows.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Christmas Message 2017

In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul says,

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new is come.

At a point in that passage, St. Paul says, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself,” and he also says at another point in the same passage, “and we have been given the ministry of reconciliation.”

Have you ever gone to the movies or read a story or a novel, and the novel starts with the end, so you know where the story ends, but then the rest of the story or the novel is actually the story behind the story. We know about Christmas. We know about Mary. We know about Joseph. We know about the angels singing Gloria in excelsis deo. We know from our childhood the animals in the stable. We know of the magi who come from afar, arriving around Epiphany, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We know of the angels singing in the heavens, and the star that shown above them. Therein is the story.

But the story behind the story is what St. Paul was talking about. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and Jesus has now given us that same ministry of reconciliation. God was reconciling the world to himself by becoming one of us. The divine became human. God entered history. Eternity became part of time. God was reconciling the world to himself by actually living it himself. In Jesus, God came among us to show us the way, to be reconciled with the God who has created us all and everything that is. And God has likewise come in the person of Jesus, to show us how to be reconciled with each other, as children of the one God who is the Creator of us all. That’s the story behind Christmas.

God is showing us the Way to become God’s children, and as God’s children, brothers and sisters of each other. God is showing us in Jesus how to become God’s family and how to change, and build, and make a world where everybody is a part of that family. Where children don’t go to bed hungry. Where no one has to be lonely. Where justice is real for all and where love is the ultimate law.

Know there is a story behind the story, and it’s a story worth singing about, and giving thanks for, and then living.

One of my favorite writers, the late Howard Thurman, composed a poem many years ago about Christmas, and he says it probably better than I:

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
Then the work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace to others,
And alas, to make music in the heart.

The story behind the story is that God so loved the world, and so loves you, and so loves me.

Have a blessed Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and go out and make music in the heart of the world.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

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    We Came to the River!


    The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis convened in Jeffersonville and New Albany, IN near the banks of the Ohio River October 26-28 for its 180th Diocesan Convention, an event with the theme “Come to the River!”  There are videos, pictures, articles, and more about the convention. It has adjourned and the 181st convention will come to order in Bloomington, IN in November 2018. 

    For all Convention 2017 related information, please go to 180th Diocesan Convention 2017


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    February 24, 2018
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    March 2, 2018
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    ERD Responds to Disaster


    Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to provide emergency support for those impacted by deadly wildfires in California. The assistance includes food and other critical supplies, housing and the storage of belongings. Read more on the ERD website.

    The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has emerged as one of the most destructive in recent history, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria causing major damage from Texas to Florida, Georgia and throughout the Caribbean. Stay updated with the most recent developments on ERD and its social media.  Read more on the ERD website.

    Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California to provide emergency support for those impacted by deadly wildfires in California. The assistance includes food and other critical supplies, housing and the storage of belongings. Read more on the ERD website.

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