Musings, On Empty Containers and Generosity: March 29th, 2022
On Sunday morning as I was getting things set up for our gathering I found myself standing in the kitchenette looking at the scene in the image to the right: a tall pile of empty containers and a pie plate.
At first glance I was led to think of all who had brought these containers filled with goodness and had been unable to return to pick them up for various reasons - a pandemic being front and centre among them. I started to feel sad (not an uncommon experience over the past two years when in the Church building alone).
And then, I shifted my focus - to the fact that the containers had once held the offerings of the community: cookies for the Christmas Cookie Walk and others for newcomers to town - and one solitary pie plate belonging to Kathy Estabrooks, which once held a butterscotch pie that had been donated to PIE Day Pie Auction in 2021.
So many share so generously - we are blessed!
I think I'll plan the next few visits around returning containers and saying thank you!
PS: Not all of the containers are labelled. If you recognize one of the containers as belonging to your household, let me know and I'll bring it by!
Yesterday as I was preparing to leave the house I started to experience a runny nose and a splitting headache. Of course I tested myself and the test was negative. I decided to stay hope for the day and embrace a couple of opportunities read and nap.
This morning I tested myself again and the results were again negative. I am in the office this morning, meeting with the Lectionary Study Group/Preacher's Help Group at 10:30AM and after lunch I have a couple of visits booked. I am scheduled to give blood this evening - it will be my 16th donation. You too can give the gift of life! There is a significant need for donors at this time.
Wednesday morning I will again be in the office and at 10:00AM, with others, will welcome the folk from Open Sky and others who drop in for coffee and a snack! All are welcome. I expect to spend the balance of the day at the Drew visiting with residents.
Thursday, as has become my habit will be a work from home day as I finalize the liturgy and craft a reflection for Sunday. This Sunday the lectionary brings us to the story of Mary anointing Jesus feet with her hair and some costly perfume - a scandalous extravagance! Thursday is International Trans Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to celebrating trans people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.
Friday and Saturday will be partial days off. I expect that part of Friday will be devoted to sermon writing and on Saturday I am meeting with a family to plan a spring burial for a loved one.
Sunday will find us at the 5th Sunday of our Lenten Journey and we'll gather at 11AM in-person and on Facebook Live. We do hope you'll join us!
On Sunday April 10th, Palm Sunday, during the service we will share in a litany of covenant with the Executive. On Thursday April 14th we will gather for a community meal at 5PM followed by a liturgy of service that includes the washing of feet.
Our Good Friday gathering will begin at 10:45AM in front of the Church (corner of Bridge and Main) before the wooden cross and then move inside for 11AM at which time we will begin the live-stream.