Michaelmas 2020: Holy Ground

Outdoor Sunday School

We truly are living in extraordinary times; each day I am realizing that things our “similar but different.”  Our church services and events continue to happen in uniquely different ways, but I am finding we are still connected as a church family.  Our Gathering Sunday was a great example of that.  We were blessed with wonderful weather, great music (thank you Sung-Hae Jung, Ruth Kim and Ema Mitrovic) and a fantastic outdoor Eucharist (with some people participating online).  Things were different (masks, no congregational singing, no handholding, physical distancing, etc.), but similar (prayers, bread, laughs, energy and a lot of fun).  The Spirit was alive and well!

I have also been given a gift during the pandemic in that I will get to co-host Sunday School every other week for the foreseeable future.  We had our first session on Sunday, September 20 and all registered students were able to attend.  I got to tell the story of Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-6).  I first asked the students what they remembered about Moses, and I was impressed with their recollection of stories related to him.  The highlight for me was our closing which Ms. Kathleen led.  Each student was asked to share something for which they are grateful AND something they could do better.  The level of sharing was inspiring.  Then (unable to hold hands) we prayed the Lord’s Prayer.  I am so proud of our kids and look forwarding to continuing to gather with them.

Our fall programing year has kicked off and there will continue to be lots happening at Holy Spirit.  Have you hear about our book group on race?  After a successful three-week program on race in July and August, we decided to continue the discussion using Robin DiAngelo’s book “White Fragility.”  We opened the group to the wider Verona community and four people have join with an assortment of other parishioners, friends and acquaintances.  Please be sure to regularly check out website (holyspirirverona.org) and review our weekly email – The Happening.  Also check this issue of The DoveTale for information on the Feast of St. Francis, Animal Blessings To Go, virtual BINGO, our return to in-person worship and so much more.

As a congregation we continue to listen for where the Spirit is guiding us, and how we might serve the greater Verona community.  As I told the kids at Sunday School on September 20, we all walk on holy ground because we are precious children of God.  May it be so! 

Sending more virtual hugs,

Father Jerry

 

“Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’” – Exodus 3:3-5