In the early months of 2020, I will offer four different ways for you and I to support each other in our personal faith development.
It is vitally important that each of us find what works for us if we are to be active disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today. Part of my role as the rector of this parish is to help members explore/renew a life of prayer that supports their work in the world.
It is far too easy today to be tempted to get so busy that we forget to care for our interior lives which yearn to be closer to God. Each one of us is called to find that balance between contemplation and action. That said, I plan to offer the following to the members of SsAM beginning in early 2020.
- Beginning in January, I plan to make myself available for one-on-one meetings with members of SsAM. Each week I will make times available when I can meet with you either at my office or for coffee or even a glass of wine at the end of the day. My idea is that I will block out time in my schedule on Tuesday until 6:00 when I will be in Bible study. If you would like to meet in the evening I will make sure I schedule with you, but you will have to let me know works for you.
- As a compliment to these one-on-one opportunities to meet with me, I am also considering a monthly pot luck lunch with the Rector to happen on Wednesday afternoons from 12 to 1:00. I understand that parking might be an issue but we will try this when I return from my pilgrimage
- In early 2020 I will be offering confirmation classes for youth and adults. These classes will begin in February and I will let both youth and adults know what the schedule will be after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
- Finally after I return from my pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine, I plan on offering a monthly quiet morning on a Saturday from 9:00 to noon. The format of these quiet mornings is yet to be determined but I imagine we will meet in the chapel for a brief Morning Prayer service, offer two brief meditations, allow time to reflect, and then come back together for prayer and personal sharing. I will offer this in the months of February, March and April of 2020. The dates for these quite mornings will be published in the Weekly E-Blast and Weekly Vision.
My reason for offering these opportunities for prayer and building of relationships is that it is easy to lose our focus and the reason we are a parish. What better year than 2020 to try to see more clearly with 20-20 vision.
—Fr. David, December 13, 2019
Mid-January 2020 Update:
The Building up of the Faith Community:
When one, two or three are gathered in his name…
In my E-Blast reflection above, I shared with the parish my plan to invite members to make an appointment with me so that we can get to know one another better and for each of us to share our hopes and dreams and yes even our concerns about SsAM. I also shared my desire to have a monthly pot luck lunch with folks who would like to share a meal with me and with other members of the SsAM community. These events will begin when I return from Israel/Palestine in early February. My hope is that folks will take this opportunity to come talk with me or have lunch. I propose that the schedule below be for the winter and spring and then we will take the summer off and, if the feedback is positive, both the individual sessions and the lunches will resume in September.
One on One sessions with Fr. David: I am dedicating Tuesday afternoons for these individual meetings at 1:00 and 3:00. The dates for these meetings will be February 11 and 18; March 3 and 24; April 21; and May 5, 19, and 26 of 2020. If interested, please email me at email@example.com with the time slot you like and what date.
Monthly Lunches with Fr. David: These might be more of a challenge because of the issues we have with parking during the week. Let’s give it a try for three months. I propose that these lunches be on Wednesday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00. The dates for these lunches will be February 12th, March 11th, April 15th, May 20th and June 17th. This is something new and so for the first couple of lunches bring your lunch and we as a group can decide if we wish to expand to a pot luck and folks will bring a dish to share. If you wish to attend one of these lunches please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To assist with the parking issue I suggest we limit each lunch to 10-12 people. Of course you can come more than once!
Why do this? That is a good question. One of the Four Pillars of SsAM is that we continue to build an intentionally diverse community of followers of Jesus Christ. One way to do this is to make time to get to know one another so that together we might pray and support one another in our faith walk with the Lord.
I look forward to hearing from you as we get to know one another better.