REFELCTION FROM REV. ANN
We often ask the big theological question: What is God up to with us? It’s The Big God Question! Right now we might have some other (less polished) ways of asking what God is doing. Our list of questions may be feeling exhaustive. You are not alone! We are going to get through this peculiar and difficult time. We will, with God’s help.
As discussions about re-opening are gaining steam, I want you to know that the wardens and I are in no rush to become guinea pigs in this early wave of in-person activities. We are operating with an abundance of caution and love for our parishioners and our community. Where are we finding God? In the compassion we have for one another and for our neighbors!
Staying safe and healthy is the most caring and pastoral thing we can do. While the Vestry will begin reviewing the guidance presented by our Bishops, I fully expect we will continue with our Zoom worship, BCP Morning Prayer service, through June. We will begin exploring options for a new future, asking ourselves, "what is the next faithful step?" Who has the skills to help start a "Tech Team" to consider how we might record or live stream from the sanctuary? This might be one of many small steps and try-on's as we move slowly into a new future.
While we continue to live with great uncertainty, we trust that God will use our experiences for good, and for the work of God's mission of restoration. God will use all of it, and all of us, to bring about the love and justice God desires. What’s important, you ask, is that we are striving to stay connected and to be optimistic about the good God is doing with us even while we struggle. May we know that God is walking with us.
On Ascension Day, Thursday May 21 - we will have Compline at 7:30 pm. We will also celebrate Ascension on Sunday, May 24 at 10 am.
Reflections on the Stations of the Resurrection - more participants needed to write a short personal reflection on the scripture readings for the “Way of Light” or Via Lucis. We are half way there to collecting reflections for a Devotion Booklet. Rev. Ann would love to have an overwhelming response from parishioners at St. Mary's and Concordia, enough to have one reflection for each of the 50 days of Easter! Email her at
to participate. Many thanks to all who made art for the Vespers service we had on May 3rd. It was wonderful to see the talent and creativity God has given us!