As I write this at 11:00 on a Tuesday morning, I’ve already had two people today visit St. Michael’s for the first time and comment about how beautiful the church is. How right they are! This is a truly lovely church building in a wonderful neighborhood. I was charmed by the space the moment I saw it and continue to find joy in worshiping in this place.
There is a reason that we build striking church buildings: to connect us to the beauty and transcendence of God and to inspire us to take that beauty and transcendence out into the world. The Church is the people not the building. Yet the building provides us with the space to grow in the knowledge and love of God so that we may share our faith. This locus of worship, praise, formation and discipleship is part of our heritage given to us by the founders of St. Michael’s, and we strive to be grateful stewardship of that gift.
When we enter the doors of St. Michael’s, we find it to be a vital, caring place. We want those who come after us to continue to find it to be beautiful and nurturing of souls. It is as grateful stewards that we now seek to move forward in faith by intentionally and joyfully honoring the physical plant that serves us so well. As we enter Moving Forward in Faith, I ask your prayers of thanksgiving for the many gifts God has given us. I also ask that you join me each day in prayer for St. Michael’s:
Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of this parish and for the ministry we share: grant us to continue to grow in our knowledge and love of you, that we may move forward in faith and worthily serve the world in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.