The church has left the building. But we're together online!
Sunday Service Information (Sunday August 16, 2020)
Tomatoes and zucchini are in abundance, folks seem to avoid being out mid-day, fire season has started, and getting back to school is on every young person's mind. No doubt, we are in the height of summer. But, as we have been saying for the last 6 months, this year is different. So much of life is put on hold, closed down or canceled. During these unprecedented times I believe we are called to unprecedented awareness of how life continues and persists even in challenging situations.
This kind of awareness requires us to slow down, to rest and reflect on where the Holy Spirit is planting new life in and around us. This is how I spent my vacation last week. Although Drak still had to work, I made the most of this time and spent a day in Santa Monica relaxing at the beach and another day under the spray of the refreshing San Antonio Falls. It was refreshing and I am excited for all the ways the Spirit is moving in our community.
Although we don't have a timeline for re-opening for indoor worship, we are going to start worshiping together OUTSIDE this fall. We have begun conversations about restarting a modified version of our shower program and are continuing to plan new ways we can stay connected, fed and in service to our community during this pandemic. Don't forget our upcoming blood drive on August 23rd (registration details below)
It is hard to believe but last week also marked my 1 year anniversary as your rector! When I took this position none of us suspected I would spend half of my first year with you providing services online with little opportunity to see anyone face to face. This is not what one discerns as the shape of priesthood. Yet, over this past year I have learned a lot about the strength and resilience of Saint Ambrose. You are a community that values your Sunday mornings together, but also embodies what it means to "be church" by reaching out to one another. A year in (and past the "honeymoon" phase) I daily give thanks for the opportunity to be your rector.
In other news from the rectory: Our housemates Yiting and Israel are home with baby Zoey!! Last Saturday Zoey was born with few complications. Thank God! Israel's mom, Lara will be staying with us for a month to help take care of Zoey as Yiting regains her strength. Thank you to everyone who stepped up to offer blood donations in preparation for the birth. Whether you ended up giving blood or not, your kindness was much appreciated by Israel and Yiting.
I pray that these summer days bring you rest, refreshment and opportunity to rediscover and cultivate a new awareness of how God is at work in and around you.
See you Sunday.