Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.* (from Mark 16 NRSV)
This is where the Gospel of Mark ended originally. Fr. Jed Fox explained this abrupt ending as part of an oral storytelling tradition in “What is in a story?” When finishing what is now Mark 16:8, the person continued by telling their personal story—their Gospel.
Our Baptismal Covenant in the Book of Common Prayer calls us today to tell our Gospel (Good New).
Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People: I will, with God’s help.
The 3×5 card
What do you say when you tell your Gospel? You do not tell your entire life story.
To help prepare enough-but-not-too-much, Fr. Jed gave everyone a 3×5 card. Each person took a few moments to write down a few thoughts about their Gospel. After organizing a few thoughts, everyone paired off to tell their Gospel to someone else in the room.
It worked. Each found the other person’s story interesting.
Share your Gospel
On the Sundays in June 2017, you have your opportunity to tell your Gospel. Take a card. Jot down a few thoughts. Run through it once or twice.
Your Gospel may be some important concept or thought from your Christian life, something that sustains you. Your Gospel may be an important event in your Christian life, when it all came together. The important thing is that it is your Gospel and your notes fit on a 3×5 card.
Something only 15-30 seconds can be very powerful and effective. Think “elevator talk.” Some may have more to say, though.
Your gospel will be recorded on video for possible use on the Redeemer website and Facebook page.
If you cannot record your Gospel on Sunday at Redeemer, use your smart phone. Send your video to email@example.com. Personal videos can work very well. (Remember to look at the camera, not who is holding the camera.)
All ages are welcome.
We have done this before
Many people at Church of the Redeemer has done something similar before. “Telling your Gospel” is the third in this series.
If you have not listened to these personal stories, or have not listened to them for a while, take some time. See where we were in our journey in 2014.
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
The Episcopal Church welcomes you.