Rector's Note: Moving through the beauty, strength, and trauma that we have experienced
This last week, 650,000 white flags lined the US National Mall — one for each person who has died from Covid-19. It’s a sobering image, especially when you consider the stories and grief connected to each one.
I’ve often heard that we haven’t had enough chances to properly grieve the losses of the last 18 months. It’s understandable, since we’re all just trying to keep up. But we do need those opportunities. For that reason, I hope you will consider joining me tonight at 7pm on the All Saints lawn for our labyrinth walk. Surrounded by candlelight and music, it will be an opportunity to spiritually and physically process and move through the beauty, strength, and trauma that we have experienced. There will also be a time for refreshments and conversation after the walk.
If you’ve never done a labyrinth walk, that’s okay! We will give instructions when you arrive. It might also be helpful to think about it as a kind of pilgrimage. As one article describes it, “Life can be many kinds of journeys. The world has endless choices and paths, most of which lead nowhere. The labyrinth path is sure, certain, dependable. It is a good place to go on pilgrimage.” In the event of rain, the labyrinth will move into the Parish Hall (distanced/windows open/with masks), and the refreshments will take place under a canopy outside.
This Sunday we will continue with our 8am service in the Chapel with the call-in option. Our 9am outdoor service will also pick back up this week. However, if it is actively raining, we will move the service into the Parish Hall where we can be spread out and masked (for everyone old enough). We will also have the two walls of windows open, so bring a jacket.
Finally, thank you to everyone who made the Homecoming services and celebration a great success! It was wonderful to see over 200+ in attendance, including a number of people from the neighborhood. We’ve received great feedback from parishioners and neighbors, many of whom are hoping that we will do it again. What a gift to see one of our parish dreams bear out in this uplifting way. Be sure to check out some of the pictures below.
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