Hello Trinity Family,
Every weekly email and every Zoom call brings us closer to worshipping together again in our sanctuary. I look forward to seeing you all again, but I know that worshipping in the age of social distancing will provide new challenges. Reading the Reopening Committee’s letter reminded me of a congregation I’ve previously played for: Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community. This group has defied Catholic law to ordain women. Because the traditional Catholic Church has ostracized them, they have no sanctuary to call their own. I played for them at Harriet Chapel in Thurmont, Maryland. They also worship in individuals’ homes. When they decided to ordain women, they ventured into unknown territory. Sometimes worship changes. Our faith always stays the same.
Please enjoy Donald Hustad’s arrangement of “Brethren We Have Met to Worship”. You all have heard this arrangement in Trinity’s sanctuary, but today I wanted to provide reassurance that even though our upcoming worship may look drastically different, we can still make it meaningful and spiritual. I recorded today’s meditation at Catoctin Furnace, across the street from where I accompanied Living Water.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses’ sisters aided him.
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Saviour, tell them that he will be found.
Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be shower’d all around.
Let us pause before our Maker and in silence hear his voice;
Christ the Living Word now meets us; in his truth let us rejoice.
What we are should not appall us for his mercy meets us here;
we are now made one in Jesus, may our worship be sincere.