Happy beginning of our 35th year as a faith community! I went back to our 25th Anniversary and found a section I wrote entitled “Sacred Dreams”. I am sharing my “Sacred Dreams” with you again, how are we doing in living them? Some of my dreams have changed because I have changed, our society has changed and our universal Church has changed; then again some dreams have come to life and some have died. But with all that said it is still important to dream and to do everything one can to live the dream.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,
By Rev. Michael J. Bausch
August 6, 2008
We are called by scripture ‘to tell the Story’. The story of the people of Transfiguration is a continuation of that Story; a story of people who live out the promise to be Christ’s light to the world and who live as a vibrant faith community nourished at the Table.
Our dream is that the transformative power of the Word that ignites the fire of spirit within our hearts and burns brightly in our community will not fade.
The people, the ‘rocks’ on which this foundation was built, created as Peter created, an enduring living house. The Sacred Dreams of those who have taken up the Cross today and carry on His Love and Work, are that this community and its uniqueness will not change. But change is here.
This is a time of transition. We have to learn that we are church together, and together we hold the vision. This calls forth a mature adult faith.
We dream that:
- The Gifts and Graces which are the uniqueness of our community will help us overcome the challenges.
- “Kentucky, Maine, (and now, in 2017, Nicaragua and the youth immersions experience) 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, which reduces the closeness we felt as a small parish, 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 culture.
- That the continued closing of churches will weigh heavily on the Holy Spirit causing a timely change in the requirements for priesthood.
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”.
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 second 25 years, 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.