August 6, 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of The Church of the Transfiguration. We celebrate 35 years of love with joy and hope. Jesus took Peter, James and John up a mountain to catch a glimpse of God’s dream for them. Through our 35 years, we have glimpsed God’s dream for us as the Church of the Transfiguration. I have had the privilege of sharing these glimpses with you for the last 16 years, a blessing I will always remain grateful for as a priest and fellow Christian.
Our beautiful church provides a gathering place for our worship as a faith community. It was through its building, painting and landscaping that we created a spiritual family. Our journey taught us that church is not a structure; rather it is a community of people joined by faith.
Through our welcoming of all, the celebration and dignity of our sacraments, the dedication, courage and work of the parish: healing, teaching and forming, the sharing of our gifts and our commitment to a community that goes beyond our walls make us The Church of the Transfiguration.
In appreciation and celebration of our history, gifts and God’s love and presence in our lives, we are dramatically increasing our Stewardship, Formation and Peace and Justice Ministries while weaving those values into our daily lives.
In answer to parishioner’s desires for a deeper relationship with Jesus our Christian Formation opportunities for adults have greatly expanded over the years. Our Formation opportunities have become transformative for the Parish as we discover, experience, enrich and deepen our relationship with God.
Your hopes and desire are still extremely important for the health and well-being of the Parish. As you know, we just completed a year-long planning process and it is now time to implement the dreams and desires you expressed during that process.
The Parish story is made up of your stories and your gifts. Through parishioner’s stories, images are created that help us understand more clearly who we have become, what we stand for and how we live out our calling. Finally, we share our hopes and our dreams of who we will become as a community of disciples of Jesus.
Please take time to share your stories, not only this weekend, but every day; doing so is good for your soul and the soul of the Parish.
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,
-And now some Sacred Dreams -
Original written in 2008, revised 2018
When we stop dreaming about who God is in our life, I believe we stop our potential for growing in a deeper love with our God and with those we are called to love in God’s name.
As we move into our 36th year, hopefully the Church of the Transfiguration will never stop dreaming how to capture God’s love in order to be strengthened to give it away as the people of God.
As a people of God, we capture God’s love through the Eucharist, through the Scriptures, and through one another. The challenge for all of us is to give it away through our actions as Christians. If we stop giving it away, the dream of God’s love will cease creating the roads which lead to the fulfillment of our faith dream of a better life for all of us.
My Sacred Dream for the future of the Church of the Transfiguration is that we continue to grow what we have, let die what needs to die, and plant the seeds for new ways to serve one another as the Spirit calls.
- The Gifts and Graces which are the uniqueness of our community will help us overcome the challenges.
- Kentucky, El Salvador, Nicaragua, City of Rochester, Social Justice, Stewardship—all of the helping ministries which are crucial to the life and spirit of our community will continue.
- The size of our parish and ever changing faces will be overcome by individuals reaching out in welcome and becoming active in small groups sharing their faith, time and talent doing Christ’s works.
- The strength of our Formation activities will prepare: our children with knowledge of God’s love and our faith, the teens to know that they can depend on the Trinity Team as they define their Destiny and the adults with Christ centered leadership.
- That as the Church and with the Holy Spirit empowering us, we continue to spread the Gospel and walk with those in need in a community in and beyond Pittsford.
- During consolidation of parishes in the suburbs our uniqueness will be honored and we will be able to build on our special culture.
- That the continued closing of churches will weigh heavily on the Holy Spirit causing a timely change in the requirements for priesthood. Yes, we dream that this community of Christ creates a jubilant future for those who follow and continues to bring love and hope to all we welcome.
“Lord It Is Good for Us to Be Here.”