A congregation gathers on a Sunday morning. There has been a lot of preparation. The altar has been set, bulletins have been printed, the heat turned up. The choir has practiced. Worship begins with The Word: Scripture and sermon, hymns and prayers have challenged and inspired. At God's Table, all come to to be reconciled to God and one another through Christ's body and blood. Renewed and strengthened we are Sent to live into our calling as apostles in the world. But first... the fellowship of coffee hour awaits. The Church, St. Paul said, is the body of Christ and each a member. It's true! Never perfect, filled with all sorts and characters and yet, a beautiful living organism of God's grace.

HarvestThe harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few...

A reflection on Matthew 9:35-10:8 by the Rev Robert Stuhlmann.

 

The learning curve as Senior Warden gets steeper and steeper.  I feel like I’m on a Vermont secondary road, complete with curves, frost heaves, and pot holes.  We had my first Vestry meeting, having to have a “snow date” because of the storm that continues to plague us on the second Tuesday of the month.  I am anxiously awaiting how many inches we will get on April 11th!

I am deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend, Jackie Wilder.  She was a lovely and elegant lady.  I so enjoyed seeing her across the aisle in church and will miss her terribly.  We are very fortunate to have Rev. Mark Preece preside at her funeral.  I promised her daughter that St. John’s would give her a grand send off.  I hope we succeed.

I am so grateful to Supply Clergy who have been helping us out during our transition.  Bob Stuhlmann has been a delight to hear and experience.  His bringing out his instruments and leading a song with all of us this past Sunday was quite a treat.  He’s a man of many talents and will be back on Maundy Thursday and in May.

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