Did you notice the beautiful full moon last week? Perhaps because we’ve had so many cloudy nights, it seemed to shine brighter than usual.
Surely we needed a beacon this week while Trinitarians, as always, pulled together to do what needed to be done in what is perhaps the busiest time of the year.
A few examples of our Trinity fullness this week:
Seven parishioners with SUV’s and trucks delivered the elf stuff to a designated site in Stafford. Add cheerful transportation to the work of the other elves this year.
Office staff moved heaven and earth, plus risers and chairs from a choral concert practice, to make a funeral and reception occur last Thursday even though we had committed to other groups to use our facility. Even though Denise was going out of town due to her own family funeral, all was in place before she left. “It’s what Carolyn would have done,” she said when I thanked her for her ingenuity and hard work to make it happen.
The Vestry members are unnoticed heroes right now at Trinity, making difficult decisions and running the church fairly seamlessly during our time of Discernment.
The Discernment committee reported on most of the survey data they’d received, published for us in last week’s newsletter. And I hope you noticed, as I did, the positive trend of most folks’ responses.
Several already-busy parishioners came together to feed more than seventy homeless Micah clients Friday morning. That’s a lot of sausage-and-egg burritos and tater tots!
Enough Trinitarians have volunteered to work at the cold-weather shelter on Friday nights so that most are working only one or two Friday nights for the shelter months.
And thanks to the EM’s, the ushers, the musicians, the litanists and lay readers, the acolytes, the staff, our visiting priests, shepherds, leaders of groups, the Altar Guild, the teachers and leaders of youth activities, volunteers who fed the recent record number of 78 hungry families at Outreach, those who moved furniture and made sure the heating system was working last week, reception organizers, those who give generously of their funds so all this can happen … how long could this list be?
One of our breakfast Micah workers on Friday, a young woman who attends Mary Washington, took off her own shoes and gave them to a woman who needed them, then made the rainy, chilly walk to her car in stocking feet. While most of us don’t go quite that far, her act of charity is a reminder to all of us to do what is needed.
Our Old Testament reading for last Sunday, Isaiah 35:1-10, says, “Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees.” Clearly God was with us in our many tasks at Trinity last week.
We indeed had a full-moon week at Trinity. Let’s take a deep breath and remember that Advent is a time of quiet waiting. Let us cherish each other’s love and friendship and service this season.