Dear Creator Family,
Even a pandemic can’t touch our season of plenty. God’s abundance—abundant blessing, abundant mercy, abundant care and provision in all the ways He abides and cares for His people is harder to see in these isolating times, but it is still there. I pray you are able to experience His love and care for you in very real and tangible ways this month, and that you and your loved ones navigate the different, difficult, frustrating, lonely and sometimes heartbreaking days ahead.
His “plenty” is there for the asking. We ask by praying. We ask by worshipping. We ask by fellowshipping and reaching out to the members of our church family. What do you think we were called to be together for - the good times only? In this time of loneliness and restriction, fear and suffering, hardship and honest crises of the faith--Please, my brothers in sisters in Christ, reach out to one another. See your parish church with new eyes, as a place of genuine connection and belonging so that we, strengthened, can walk together.
Who knows if we will meet inside or out, in-person or online, but we are together, always, united in the love of Christ and that corporate communion we have shared for years? Let us feast on that in our hearts and feel inspired and emboldened to reach out. Please keep up the faith, and the “fight” for health, and for inner peace, calm and sanity during Thanksgiving and the coming holiday season. I promise, because He promised - his plenty is there for the asking.
Speaking of plenty…we have much happening this month and next. Please keep time with us. I encourage you, as always but perhaps this year a little more, to join us in the observance of a holy and intentional Advent. Our church programs and weekly worship opportunities will be aimed at just that, and I truly hope you will consider joining us. Imagine having such nice things on your calendar, in this, our ninth month of the pandemic.
I know that ZOOM is the least desirable method of meeting/worshipping, but please try to attend our gatherings. It is what we have. It may not be that great, but we need each other, and like all signs, symbols, practices, and efforts on our part--when given fully, they become invested and imbued with the love of the Holy Spirit.
Father Bill Burk†