The past two weeks have been a flurry of activity at the church. From resurfacing of floors and cleaning up classrooms to making space for new choristers robes and folders and readying the Upper Parish Hall for Sunday School sessions — things are in motion. You may feel the same way right now. The summer pace has changed or is changing — things are in motion. Kids are back to school, perhaps the speed at work is increasing, energy and expectation or excitement and anticipation. This time of year is always touched by a shift in and outside us.
Perhaps the most in-your-face sign of this flurry of activity and energy on our church grounds is the forecourt and Cloister Garden construction. So loud was the jack-hammer that we moved our staff work-day and planning session to a conference room at the Winchester Library. The sights and sounds of the past two weeks at church have made it real: We are under construction. Here at Epiphany, just like it is for each one of us, things are under construction. Our lives are always in transition, change is a constant, and we are reminded of this in sometimes unexpected, glorious, or even painful ways. As a parish, we are becoming something new, yet deeply rooted in who we have been.
This year will be a time of traditioned innovation as we try new things, but also a season of staying rooted in the shape of our life together that has always given us an anchor or touchstone amidst the changes and chances of life. That's one of the deep gifts about you and our life together — having a touchstone in this life. And, we know, deep down, that the only anchor that can truly hold us close is God and God's gracious love. So, as we put ourselves together, as we become, as we remain now and likely, forever, under construction as both people and a church — let's be sure to keep our eyes on the blueprints that matter, which is the central story of Jesus Christ, God's love made real.
We look forward to this Sunday, Rally Sunday, as we celebrate our life together and the start of this program year. Join us for a festive catered lunch provided by Bella Isla, as well as games, crafts, a bounce house, and a dunk tank. I hope you can join the party as we celebrate our mission and life together as the people of Epiphany. We're throwing a party — and all are invited. So, invite a friend, a neighbor, a new acquaintance and let's draw the circle wider. All are welcome to what God is building.
See you Sunday,