"A Note of Gratitude (pun intended)"
as we reflect on the wonderful celebration we shared this past weekend for our parish's 171st anniversary, I also reflect on my own gratitude for our musicians and their dedication to our shared ministry. Participating in a parish music program requires a special level of commitment, particularly since a parish choir is expected to be present in a leadership role every week. As a Music Director, I rely on the dedication of the musicians in the parish to bring another dimension to the liturgy, and in return I hope that the community we share together is sustaining for them. Our musicians here at SSPP are a particularly dedicated bunch, and so I feel that it is a good time for me to publicly say "Thank You" to them. Thank you for being here every week; for showing up early, for staying late, and for giving of yourself to be a leader here at SSPP.
And to anyone else who happens to be reading this - we have room for you in our music ministry, too. If you think you might be interested, come and talk to me after mass on any Sunday. The invitation is open - "All are welcome"!
In conclusion I'd like to share some words from modern hymn-writer and theologian Ruth Duck. In her hymn "You Are Called to Tell the Story" (Gather hymnal #774) she writes:
May the One whose love is broader
Than the measure of all space
Give us words to sing the story,
Move among us in this place.
Christ be known in all our living,
Filling all with gifts of love.