May God bless us all.
Greetings and welcome to Holy Child and St. Martin Episcopal Church located in beautiful gateway to the Peninsula, the City of Daly City, California. We are a community of warm and loving people from a diverse culture and family backgrounds united with one accord to uphold “One Faith, One Hope, One Baptism, One God and Father of All.” We uphold the dignity of all human being and the community that surround us. We share our love to everyone by doing the will of God to the least of our brothers and sisters and by reaching out to the needs of the poor, the oppressed, the homeless, the destitute, the lonely and the less fortunate. Like the Holy Child Jesus who embraces us with his cloak of Love, Peace and Joy, so we too must share those blessings to others. Similarly, like St. Martin of tours who covered the needy with his cloak, and San Martin De Porres who worked for the poor and the orphaned, so we also must be reflective to do the same to everyone who needs them.
God continues to bless Holy Child and St. Martin in so many ways. Amidst so many rich gifts and experiences the Lord teaches us today, just as he taught his first disciples, telling all to focus only on the tasks he gives each to do. This sets the stage at the outset of our Health and Wellness Ministry. As Holy Child and St. Martin welcomes all people of different backgrounds, culture and faith, we are humbled by the work of the Holy Spirit and the action of God in the lives of all the faithful.
The Lord has promised good things for us for the years to come. He has called us to tend His sheeps among the uninsured and less fortunate in the community. Let us continue to focus on cultivating the seeds of faith sown by the very gifts God has given us by reaching out to the community through our Health and Wellness program in giving free monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, lungs, weight and health management and education to our community.
We are reminded to be very conscious of the sacrifices of those who have sowed the original seeds of faith in the hearts of the institutions who provide their services to similar people like: The Diocese of California, Seton Medical Center’s daughters of charity, San Mateo Health Department, Clinic by the Bay, Rota Care,New Haven health and Hospice Care Inc, Physicians for a National Health Program, Doelger’s Senior Center, Peninsula Clergy Network, New ALLICE Alliance, Bayanihan Center of SF, Philippinie Association of University Women-USA, Saturday Afternoon club, the City of Daly City, Pacifica and Colma, Kaiser Permanente Filipino Nurses Association and many others. Those who come, see and being empowered by our holistic approach through Body, Spirit and Mind are hoped to share the same to those who might need them.
While we recognize the needs of humanity, we are also called to recognize the needs of the rest of God’s creation, by honoring and respecting their presence. We recognize that we are interdependent in the balance ecology of nature and with such, we have a responsibility to take care of each other.
I call upon you all, in the name of God who supplies all our needs, through His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to tell others to Come, See and be empowered with the great sign God is doing in our midst here at Holy Child and St. Martin. Let us indeed serve as the Gateway to God’s wonderful Vineyard in this community and the world.
The Rev. Leonard B. Oakes, Vicar