Mother Lily’s Message
What a wonderful Holy Week! For those participating in any or most of the services, I bet you had a powerful experience walking the way of Jesus. I hope so. I know I did.
I need to talk to you about some practical matters. First, we need ushers for our 10 am Sunday Service. Anyone 18 and older, with some mobility, can usher. Ushers act as greeters, people who can inform people coming through the door about what is going on and to make sure they have a bulletin. Ushers make sure the guest book gets signed. Ushers count the congregants for our books. And, ushers are eyes at the back of the church so that the appropriate person can be alerted to any situation that might arise. Two per Sunday is all we need. Please consider this ministry. It is very important to the life of a church.
Second, and along this same train of thought, I want you to know that David Wells, Lynne Gil and I will be putting together an Emergency Preparedness Policy and Plan. We will present it to the congregation when it is completed. It will instruct us on what to do and who to tell and call in the event of an emergency. It should put us all at ease and makes us knowledgeable, if anything should happen.
Thirdly, I hope that we are being inviting to our guests, or any new faces that come through the door, during the service, and at coffee hour. I encourage you to go up to a person (or sit with them) if you do not know them and introduce yourself. Thank them for coming. Invite them back. Ask if they have signed the guest book. Some of you do this already. It is easier for some and not for others. Yet, we should all be doing this, even if it makes us a little uncomfortable. Think how it might feel for that person walking through the door for the first time. A friendly welcome would be wonderful, don’t you think?
Lastly, make sure that when you are at the church or using the church you leave it in the condition it was in when you arrived. Things can get out of control very fast. In particular, closets and drawers. We are a community and communities combine efforts and do things together and for each other. This is our church building and we take pride in it and showing that this is how we care for it says a great deal about us as a community.
I have so enjoyed serving you as your Priest these past seven months. The support and kindness you show me is genuine, outstanding and appreciated. I look forward to a long association with you as your Priest. The Spirit is alive and well at St. Gregory’s.