Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Message from Kelly
Welcome to the last issue of our e-newsletter for 2018. The church office closes today for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Although you may well find someone running the photocopier between now and Christmas Eve, and although Deacon Maryan and I continue to be available for pastoral emergencies—call us when you need us!—the coming brief pause invites us to take stock of how this electronic newsletter has kept us connected over the past 12 months.
Our freshly-published resource booklet now contains the listings of services and support agencies which formerly appeared here each week. Do pick up a copy at church, and keep it handy.
Creating that booklet was a first step towards our 2019 intention to be more mindful of how we communicate with folks who don’t rely on email or websites for their news from church, and also to be more focused in how we communicate with those who do. There will be changes ahead, including an occasional printed newsletter for everyone, in addition to the large-print church news update that’s delivered during Home Communion visits.
It’s been my joy to write to you all here each week. These letters have traced our first year together—and what a year it’s been. If you want a review, you’re in luck: the whole series of Rector’s Messages for 2018 can be found on both our websites: here and here. Never fear: you’ll continue to get word from me and Deacon Maryan. But I hope you’ll also look forward to hearing new voices in this space in 2019 as well: words from your lay leaders, from fellow parishioners engaged in ministry, from friends and neighbors and community members.
Thank you for your partnership in ministry this past year. And thank you for all the faithful ways in which you are stepping into the holy future God is setting before us.
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. (Ephesians 3:20, 21; BCP 102)
Wishing you a blessed Christmas when it comes, Kelly+
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Message from Kelly
Happy St Lucy’s Day!
At the 11 am healing Eucharist today, worshippers will hear the story of Lucy, a 4thcentury Christian whose faith got in the way of other’s plans for her, and that cost her her life.
Love for St Lucy is strong in Scandinavia, where her light-filled celebrations (the name “Lucy” comes from the root as the Latin word for light, “lux”) include, traditionally, an early-morning breakfast served by a household’s oldest daughter, as she wears a crown of candles.
So: Be like Lucy! Not the cartoon Lucy who tormented Charlie Brown, and not necessarily a martyr to your faith, or a wearer of dangerous hats: but Santka Lucia, source of light (and coffee!)
In these dark, cold days, each of us is called to take part in sharing warmth and light, company and comfort. This may be a season when you are a bearer of the light; it may be a season when you need especially to receive it. Either way, that light is a blessed gift: take your part in sharing and spreading it, the light we know as the light of Christ.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Message from Kelly
On the first Sunday of Advent, and for a few days afterwards, Deacon Maryan and I shared “Advent in a Box” kits with some of our parish families with young children. At the heart of the kit (which, to be truthful, came in a large Ziploc bag and not a box) was an Advent wreath to build at home: a sturdy cardboard base, leaves to cut out from stiff paper and arrange, and a set of 5 battery-operated tea light candles: 4 blue ones for the weeks of Advent, and a single white one for Christmas Day. A set of prayers for lighting the candles (the same prayers we’re using in Sunday worship) and the Book of Common Prayer collects for Advent and Christmas Day are in the packet as well.
For our kids who are in Sunday School pretty regularly, these activities will help deepen their experience of this season of getting ready for Jesus. Our parish also includes families (those who worshipped on Saturdays during spring and summer, for example) for whom parents’ work commitments conflict with Sunday services. When Christmas comes, the getting ready faithfully at home will deepen the experience of Christmas Eve.
“Faith at Home” also includes the way that, all year round, our Eucharistic visitors (and Maryan and I) bring “church” to our senior parish members who are not able to regularly be present at worship on Sundays, including when “home” is a temporary stay in the hospital or a rehab facility.
What if you’re someone in the middle? What could “Faith at Home” look like for you? Be like our Sunday Schoolers who’ll be going deeper in their Sunday learning during the week. Follow along with one of the Advent calendars we’re sharing with parish members. Pray the collects and candle-lighting prayers daily, whether or not you have a wreath at home). Advent is a short season in the church year, and a perfect time to try on some home-based faith practices, or to enrich what you already might do.