"To everything a season, to everything a time;
A moment to move forward and leave the past behind.
As summer turns to autumn and bids farewell to spring,
There comes a time for turning to every living thing.
The breezes change direction, the geese turn homeward bound;
The leaf turns from its clinging and falls upon the ground.
The flower turns from blooming to slumber in the snow.
And so to all a season, a time for letting go.
Now is the time for turning and this the place to start;
For yielding to the yearning, for changing of the heart;
A moment to surrender the things we should release,
Forgive and find forgiveness, and in forgiveness peace."
These lyrics by Pamela Martin speak clearly to me. I can hear the music by Craig Courtney giving life to these words. And mostly I hear the lovely and loving voices of my choir singing from the heart and from the loft on March 1, 2020. Usually I have been careful not to take possession of the choirs because you are clearly not mine. However, today I would like to refer to you as my choirs.
For the past 12 years it has been my honor and pleasure to be the COR Choir director and the last four years as director of the Choristers. Your singing has been a great gift to the people of Resurrection and the community. Thank you for hanging in there with me. Sometimes the loft was bursting at the seams and sometimes we barely covered the parts. Our "choir angel" always seemed to watch over us; you always sang the message with heartfelt emotion whether it be joy or sorrow.
No one knows what the future will bring when it comes to singing in church. It won't be the same, but there will be music. It is a good time for me to step aside from my position as choir director. As things evolve someone else will step in with fresh new ideas to guide the music (including singing) in a way that will be safe and meaningful.
Thanks to all of you; singers, musicians, helpers. Thank you mostly for being a family to each other and to me. It has been a journey I will never forget and hold dearly in my heart.
New Parish Administrator
I'm very pleased to announce that D J Venter has joined our community from August 24 as our new Parish Administrator. He brings excellent communication and organizational skills, along with a desire to be of service in a church community. Originally from South Africa, D J has a wide range of ecumenical experience in Reformed, Methodist, and Charismatic congregations, as well as in the Anglican church. I'm sure that his skills and experience will benefit our community and enhance the work God has called us to do here at Resurrection.
While he will be working at the church, our office is not yet open. Thank you in advance for your continued prayers and flexibility during this time.
This week has been full of transitions and surprises, again. Of course, we know that we are saying good bye to Tina and Lucy in their present roles. We certainly plan on still seeing them around the church, but the gaps they are leaving are wide and deep.
Lucy has been our music director and creator of beauty for many years. As we were walking today, she told me how her love of church music started as a very young child and continues to form her worship experience. So many of us worship through beautiful music. I am sure that God speaks to Lucy as she sings, leads, and creates musical experiences. Music as we can have it right now is so different, but it is not gone. We will hear music in our service, we will sing it in our heart, and there will be times when we hear various members of the choir taking us back to basics with the chanting of the Psalms. We bid Lucy such a grateful adieu and heaps of blessings as she begins this new phase of her life. We are thankful for your gifts and your generosity, Lucy.
Tina, too, is stepping down from her role as glue, as parish administrator, as knower of all things and all people. She is stepping back to help her kids with online school and to take a breath from all that she has done and has been to this church. She is wise in the ways of putting together stuff of church. She is adept at handling the various questions that come to her every day. She keeps an ear on the parish and is quick to point out ways we need to help. We are grateful for you and your family, Tina. We will keep you in our prayers as you navigate this time before we can be back together again.
It is not hidden to me that we are all feeling a measure of grief and loss at the many changes that Resurrection is experiencing. It is a God thing that for each need that is created, each hole that appears, we have someone to step in and help us through. We are grateful to Fr Bob and to D J for being hole fillers and gap menders. But it does not lessen the real grief that comes with every good bye. I offer you this selection from writing I have loved since my hippie days, words from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. It is somewhat applicable here, as we move toward our newer selves, our revised church, whatever that may be.
“Fare you well, people of Orpahlese.
This day has ended.
It is closing upon us even as the waterlily upon its own tomorrow.
What was given us here we shall keep,
And if it suffices not, then again must we come together and together stretch our hands unto the giver.
Forget not that I shall come back to you. …
Farewell to you and the youth I have spent with you.
It was but yesterday we met in a dream.
You have sung to me in my aloneness, and I of your longings have built a tower in the sky. …
If in the twinge of memory we should meet once more, we shall speak again together and you shall sing to me a deeper song.
And if our hands should meet in another dream we shall build another towner in the sky. “
Zoom classes will be held this Sunday for all classes separately with their teacher.
Godly Play 10:00 AM
Elementary 10:45 AM
Middle 11:30 AM
Look for an invitation in the coming days.
Contemplative Prayer continues on Friday mornings
We pray you will join us every Friday morning for prayer in silence. The Zoom meeting opens at 8:25 A.M. and silent prayer begins promptly at 8:30 and ends at 9:00. Out of an abundance of caution, the meeting will now require a password and the link will not be published here. If you are interested in joining the group, please send an email to email@example.com and I will send you the link and password. Please do not share it.
Our mailing address is:
3925 Hilyard St. Eugene, OR 97405