Wednesday Word: Celebration
In the words of Kool and the Gang . . . “Celebrate good times!”
This past Sunday was All Saints' Sunday, the day we transferred the celebration of All Saints' Day to the Sunday following (the only major feast on a fixed day that can be moved like that). And we celebrated.
We celebrated the lives of the saints who have gone before us and with whom we are knit together in the communion and fellowship in the mystical body of Christ our Lord.
We celebrated the lives of loved ones who died this past year as we remembered them by name in the opening procession.
We celebrated and renewed our baptismal vows.
We celebrated one year together as parish and priest.
And we closed out the day with the celebration of our annual Choral Evensong service.
It was a good day. It has been a good year. None of it has been perfect, but it has been good. And good is good; after all, God ended creation on a good note.
On this Wednesday, I simply want to say thank you to everyone who helped make all of those celebrations possible. Thank you to everyone who participated. Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy anniversary. Thank you to everyone who has offered prayers, support, and kindness over this past year. You have been a blessing in more ways than you can possibly know.
As I said in the sermon, I am proud to be a part of this congregation. I am grateful to be your priest. I am thankful for all you do as ministers of the church and saints of God.
It has been a good year, and I look forward to celebrating many more with you.