We are so blessed to be part of a parish so alive and filled spirit and life giving ministries. I have been here almost 15 years and as I sit in the presider’s chair each weekend I have to pinch myself and ask “Why I am so lucky, “blessed”, to be part of the parish that has so many talented people, with so much to give and share with the wider community?”
As I look over the congregation and say things to myself like:
- Oh, there are Mike and Sue, they do an outstanding job recruiting dozens of people to make the ministry they lead so successful.
- Oh, there is Betsy, because of her we are able to care for the grieving in a very special way.
- Oh, over there are Tom and Brenda, their open ear and heart make it so easy to struggling recommend parents to them for guidance.
- Then again, there are Harry and Sally and they make it so much easier to have excellent liturgies because of their care for our worship space.
The list could go on and on and on, the primary point being it takes hundreds and hundreds of people to allow this parish to flourish in the way it does.
There are some who still think this is “my” parish and I actually still have people say to me: “Father, your toilet is plugged.” or “Your flowers are beautiful.” or “Why are you asking for so much money to care for your buildings?”. I will quickly respond: “Yes our buildings are need of lots of repair.” or “Yes, our flower gardens are beautiful!” or our whatever. To point being is we are all in this together and we are all responsible for our local community of faith and carrying out of our ministries.
What does this have to do with Easter? Everything, yes everything! Jesus has risen and left his disciples and Apostles “in charge” as he prepared for His Ascension into heaven. Now, 2000 years later we are His disciples and apostles who are “charged” of carrying on His life giving ministry. Yes, in these days of parish involvement ranges from the temporal challenges of money and property to the lofty spiritual and ministerial needs of God’s people. For a parish to be healthy everyone needs to take ownership of their/our parish.
Yes, all of are so blessed to be part of a parish that is so alive and filled spirit and life giving ministries. Be part of it, our parish is a really blessing to all of us!
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,