Hello Trinity family,
What a week it’s been for our nation! I’m blessed to work one block away from the Capitol at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, the setting for today’s musical offering. (Don’t worry. During unsafe times, I have worked and will work remotely.) While this church is a common tourist destination, more importantly it serves the residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood who witnessed rioting last week and now live under the watchful eye of an intimidating number of police and military.
The strength of Reformation’s pastors Michael Wilker and Ben Hogue during this time has taught me a great deal about perseverance, not because of the inspirational prayers at the end of their church emails, but because of their persistent ministry to the community of people left to pick up the pieces after a horrible demonstration of violence. Worship, book studies, and church meetings have continued, but now the common greeting “How are you doing?” translates to “How are you holding up?” I’ve seen a lot of fear in the community since the events of last week, but I’ve seen much more grace, patience, and kindness.
Today’s musical offering is O Sacred Head, Now Wounded arranged by Don Wyrtzen. I encourage us this upcoming week to reflect on how we can better see Jesus in our neighbors and demonstrate compassion for those around us.
The link to the video is HERE.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers