While reflecting on my Checking In Article and tying it in to Pastoral Care, I stopped to read the Prayer that the Vestry wrote last March during our retreat for inspiration.
(I know you have seen this prayer and have read it, so bear with me as I type it out. I will bring this all together)
Gracious God, we thank you for our Faith, for our Parishioners, for the bonds and feeling of family when we walk through the doors. We thank you for the opportunity to welcome diversity and be inclusive, to welcome those who feel broken and help them feel whole. We thank you for the opportunity to worship, to reflect God’s Grace, to care for and share with one another. We thank you for the abundance of blessings. Creator God, let us show in our lives what we truly believe in our hearts. In order to make Christ visible we need to know Christ’s path. Help us to be open to your word and then share it with others, and my the Holy Spirit move in and through and around this Congregation to make Christ visible, so that together we may make a difference in each other’s lives and in the World around us. Amen.
On May 4th Church of the Advent held it’s annual Spring Rummage Sale.
Thursday and Friday we started accepting donations and began the process of setting up. This reflects, “ to reflect God’s Grace to care and share with one another. “We thank you for an abundance of blessing” that we donate items to share with others and give our time. This process takes committed volunteers to sort thru items and set them out. Most who are parishioners, but we have a few volunteers that come to both the fall and Spring Sales to help out. This reflects “ thanking God for our Parishioners for the bonds and feeling of family when we walk through the doors”. On Friday we have some special people and organizations that are near and dear to our hearts that come to shop presale, because it is easier for them. Saturday morning there was a line forming at 6:45 am
waiting for the doors to open at 7:00 am. Many of our shoppers come to both the fall and spring sales and look forward to them.
This part reflects “We thank you for the opportunity to welcome diversity and be inclusive” “to reflect God’s Grace”.
Saturday, after the sale, we had a tremendous turn out to pack up items that did not sell to be donated to other charities, and to get the fellowship hall ready for Sunday.
“Let us show in our lives what we truly believe in our hearts”. “to make Christ visible, so that together we make a difference in each other’s lives and in the World around us”. Amen
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Spring Rummage Sale a big success! Have a great summer, and look for the Fall Sale that will be here soon!