This past Sunday felt a little surreal: all of us, together, with unveiled faces beholding the Lord (and each other!). I’ve been waiting fifteen months to experience that with y’all again; I know many of you have been too.
I’m encouraged by how we, as a whole, have endured this pandemic. All of us have endured personal hardships physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It’s been difficult, but I’m hopeful that we are through the worst of it. Here’s what I’m noticing as we begin to emerge from this season:
1) A renewed commitment to being together. We do this in organized ways primarily through our Table Groups. These are where we meet regularly for prayer, community, and to discern mission locally in our neighborhoods. As of right now, we have two Table Groups: one meets Thursdays from 6-8pm in Bates-Hendricks (near downtown) and one meets Thursdays from 6-8pm in Fishers. If you’re interested in knowing more you can email Mallory (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Bates-Hendricks Table Group and me (email@example.com) for info on the Fishers Table Group.
2) A sense of hope for the future. Churches our size are very vulnerable to disruptions like the pandemic. But I’m so excited about the sense of belonging and mission that has endured among us through the pandemic. I am hopeful about the continued investment and growth we’re seeing at The Table and excited to discern with you how best for us to do justice and mercy in our community.
Can I ask you to pray specifically about the following:
- For for those who have joined The Table during the pandemic: connection to the greater life of our Body together.
- For wisdom and faithfulness for our Vestry and Staff as we turn our attention to how best we lead together in love.
- For those among us discerning ordination: for a clear sense of calling and vocation.
- For our gracious Sunday morning host church, Spirit of Joy: they are looking for a pastor in this season of transition.
I’m honored to serve y’all as a Priest.
In Christ’s mercy,