By Paul Beaudette, Warden
So what is it? Is it the combined service where we are all together and you see faces you haven’t seen in a while? I liked Jan Sites’ comment about the kids. Since most of the children go to the 8:00 service, the ten o’clockers don’t see them as often. Jan’s comment was, “We need children in our services, it just makes it feel right. I love to hear the kids voices during the service.” Thank you, Jan. Having a 4 year old with me on Sundays, I wonder if she is disturbing others with her restlessness. But being all together as one congregation seems to be bringing us closer together. I like summers!I don’t know if I can put my finger on it, but there is something going on and maybe you can help me figure out what it is. At Sunday’s combined service at 9:00 AM, there seemed to be an air of lightness and calmness, but energy as well. The Centering Hymn made me feel at home. The bulletin was different, the prayers seemed to hit home for me. The music, ah, the music. When you’re an eight o’clocker, you miss the music. It just feels so good to sing.
I also would like to thank Elizabeth Lowe for her wonderful story after the service regarding our prayers for her family member who had been sick. Additional gratitude offerings by Kenny Derboghosian and Joyce Baker were shared. These are the missions that are going on outside of our church walls and these are the missions we need to share with one another. We ARE making a difference in the world through our prayers. Let’s not ever stop that. Let’s continue sharing our stories, our families, our trials and tribulations as well as our successes and the things that bring us joy and happiness. So, from now on, let’s spend a few minutes during announcements to share these things with each other while we are all together.
In the last 3 months, we have seen a lot of funerals at St. Michael’s where we had not seen any for almost a year. These times can be rough for the families. We are grieving but lifting our hearts at the same time. We are St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and we are strong, we are strong for ourselves and for each other. We are a part of a remarkable spiritual community, one with deep faith and love for each other and for all people.
Somehow, I think this will be a different summer, a great summer.