So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Dear Creator Family,
It was wonderful to join with you Easter Morning to praise God! Such a beautiful moment in time with you all, especially with the added blessing of the “Lafoon Family Singers” intoning the joyful praise to the Risen Christ! No easy endeavor, including music in our online worship has been a huge blessing—and we have Martha to thank for that.
These past several weeks have produced unique challenges for Mary and me, as we transition the services and capabilities of our Church ministry to a virtual format. This transition is far from over, as the challenges are not yet lessened with repetition, but we have been bolstered by your many comments: Beautiful service! Loved seeing the Altar! So nurturing. I felt comforted by being there with you.
The Church building, the holy images and the familiarity of our routine are all gifts from God helping us focus on the call of Christ in our lives no matter the circumstances. These gifts are part of the Divine Gift that seeks us out through all things and in all places. As you know, I have often said that we can “see” the presence of God in a radial tire as easily as in a blazing sunrise! Perhaps more than ever we are all feeling the challenge of this truth right now and are being called upon to face the process head on.
Last week Bishop +Goff called on clergy in the Diocese to stay at home and to cease streaming or recording services from the parish churches. Her instructions are in-line with best practices for non-essential personnel during this time of social distancing and virus precautions. Accordingly, Mary and I will continue to work diligently, primarily from home, to transition our worship and ministry. While this will be unfamiliar territory for us as we join for Sunday services, it will also add an opportunity to experience God in new ways through the power of prayer and reflection.
Please be at peace. Though we are in the midst of turmoil, Jesus is with us, and though we may find our sensibilities challenged, the glory of God is manifest—even unto a radial tire!
Father Bill Burk†