It has been over three months since an organ was played in worship at Trinity. Since December 2014, we have experienced quite a bit of change. The old instrument was removed by another organ builder and organist to be repaired and used as a practice instrument. We had construction and electric work done on the loft to prepare it for a much larger instrument. And now, that instrument is in place, paid for, and ready to use.
There are a few pieces left to put into place: tile on the floor, seating in the loft, and only a bit more work to be done to the instrument (this will happen in about six weeks). The worship committee is also working on recommendations to be made to the Vestry regarding where the choir will sit.
Most of all, all of this work has gone smoothly with very few interruptions and no major setbacks. Words cannot express my gratitude for Jeff Cooper. He has worked tirelessly behind the scenes and helped ensure this project has gone smoothly. There are many, many others who have helped with countless, thankless tasks: moving pews, preparing the old instrument for removal, cleaning the church, etc. The list goes on and on. Thank you to EVERYONE who has done this work on behalf of our church.
Now, I want to speak to change. Change is the one guarantee we have in life. At the same time, as much as things change they stay the same. Change, no matter what it is, creates emotional responses within us all. Change brings anxiety; change brings grief; change brings joy. Change in community means that none of us will feel these at the same time. While some of us rejoice, others will not. While others are anxious, still some of us will feel calm and renewal. Here's my point: I invite us to be gentle with one another and our community during this transition. I invite us to listen to one another. I invite us to continue to open our hearts and share with one another this time in our life together. And, again, I invite us to keep praying: for our church and our community.
May the peace which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and Christ Jesus our Lord,