Rector's Message: We are One Body
As we navigate this pandemic season, I am reminded of Walter Brueggemann’s classic, Praying the Psalms. He observes that human beings find ourselves in one of three places: orientation –everything makes sense in our lives, disorientation – we’re in the pit, and new orientation – we realize God has lifted us out of the pit and we are filled with gratitude. These days I can traverse all three in short order – and back again. Being in such flux makes me profoundly grateful for three constants in my life: the love of God, the love of family, and the connections we share as a congregation. When I am feeling disoriented, one of you is there to help me up. When you are feeling lost, I will come in search of you. Collectively, as the body of Christ, we are reaching beyond ourselves to live God’s love.
St. Columba’s is an extraordinary place! As a church, we are choosing hope and following Christ. This season has called us to discover and nurture new gifts and some familiar gifts with new depth – of agility, connection, patience, strength, creativity. With the disruption of our familiar patterns of worship, spiritual nourishment, and community engagement, we are trying new things and developing new muscles. We are also returning to the core: staying connected, praying, caring for the vulnerable, offering spiritual nourishment, striving for justice. These are painful times in many respects, but to be honest, I find this to be a really exciting time to be the church. I believe we are in the midst of a reformation. God is faithful and we are in this together. This is really good news!
I am writing to ask you to give more than you’ve ever given before. Not because we have a bigger budget or need to buy new things; we don’t. I am asking you to give more because I know that some among us will not be able; some among us are really struggling. Giving sacrificially for the well-being of others is at the heart of our calling as people trying to follow Christ and live God’s love. I am giving sacrificially from my own sense of abundance and gratitude – gratitude for God’s blessings and for your love. Please join me!
The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin
“You are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” ~ I Cor 12:27 & 26