|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 25, 2021 at 2:50 PM|
Together Again Sunday is almost here! When we began planning for this day back in the early summer, we anticipated that it would serve as the kick-off for a relatively normal program year of church activities. Now, of course, we know that “normal” is not going to be one of the words we use to describe the coming months. But there are other words we can use. How about faithful? Creative? Hopeful? I like those words. In the absence of a normal year, let’s strive for a faithful, creative, and hopeful year. Maybe those words can be our “normal” going forward.
So what does it look like to come “together again” right now faithfully, creatively, and with hope?
I don’t really know the answer to that question, but I do know that we need each other. We need worship. We need opportunities to learn, grow, and serve. And of course, we need to be mindful of the health of all, particularly the most vulnerable among us. So we are moving forward in hope, making plans for doing things safely, and knowing that we may need to make adjustments along the way. To start the fall season, we’re planning for the majority of programming to take place in-person and outdoors when possible. This allows for the incarnational connections we desperately need, while also offering the safest environment for gathering as the pandemic continues to cause disruptions.
The Ministry of Fun has planned a wonderful outdoor picnic for this Sunday and we hope to see you there! (RSVP here!) And we’ve designed a fall calendar of mostly outdoor events and classes for all ages which we will debut this weekend. We’re not having a Ministry Fair per se this fall, but we will have a Ministry Table at Sunday’s picnic where you can speak with Outreach Team members and learn more about the many ways there are to share your time and talents in our community.
I want to invite everyone in the St. Alban’s family to find a way to be engaged in the common life of our church in this season. Maybe that means making a commitment to regularly being part of worship, whether in-person or online? Maybe it means prioritizing outdoor Sunday School for your kiddos beginning on September 12? Maybe it means exploring a new ministry? Or maybe it means reinvigorating your prayer life and doing daily check-ins with God? Whatever engagement or reengagement looks like for you, I know you will be glad you did it. We have such a special church family and we need each other. So muster your faith, creativity, and hope, and let’s get together, again.
Yours in Christ,