b'Chapter Seven-Inviting OthersAll authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:1820 NIVSome of you will know one of myand he finishes the great story with and change. People are moving into favorite stories comes from the life ofthe account in the Gospel of Luke. Houston, and we are now the most the late Charles Shulz (d. 2000). In theWhen Shulz presented his finisheddiverse city in the United States. There summer of 1965, Charles Schulz got theproject, his producer was stunned andare more than 100 different languages opportunity to launch his career beyondsaid, You cant do this. Its too edgy.spoken in our public school systems. comic strips and pithy cartoons. He gotits too religious. This is your first shotGod loves everyone who calls our part a call from his producer saying, I haveat television, maybe your only chance.of the country home, and many of those a corporate sponsor who wants you toWhy take the risk? Of course, Christmaspeople are looking for a Church home. write a Christmas special, and you havein prime time 1965 was a special withThe most recent demographic studytwo weeks to do it! Schultz producedAndy Williams, Johnny Mathis or PerryI read showed within a five-mile radius the story most of us know by heart andComo, not Bible quotes. Yet Shulz wasof St. Martins, about 30 percentits still a favorite nearly 56 years later.You remember the plot. Lucy asks Charlie Brown to direct the school Christmas project to help get him out of the holiday doldrums. In no time, the promising project begins to fall apart. Charlies descent into the Christmas-tide blues began when he notices everyone is caught up in the rat race of commercialismeven Snoopy decorates his own little house with so many lights and bangles that he wins first place in the neighborhood contest. With the collapse of the play, andunmoved and then he said, If we of the people have no worship commercialization on every side, Charliedont tell the story, who will?community. The study also said about cries out in desperation, Doesnt anyoneSo, well, if you dont, who will? one in three is actually looking for such a know the true meaning of Christmas? place. That means if you are in a grocery We are coming to the end of thisline of three, it is likely the one in front Linus, blanket in tow, steps forwardcollection of reflections on coming back and says, I know the true meaningof you or the one behind you might be to Church, but in doing so, let us notblessed to come to know St. Martins, Charlie Brown. As the lights fade andforget the many folk around St. Martins, a spotlight snaps on, Linus gives hisand even more importantly, come to in Houston and perhaps beyond who know Our Lord and His Family through well-worn thumb a few more sucks andare actually longing to be connected tothen begins, In that region there wereSt. Martins. That happens when others a faith communitya Church.come to know the great, great story.shepherds living in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. We all know Houston and greater HarrisJesus primary method of telling the County are areas booming with growthstory begins with choosing disciples, - -23'