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Gather and Grow in Christ

Dear Trinity Community,

Welcome to a new program year! With the bitter-sweet end of summer comes the anticipation of something new. While many of you have been in summertime dwellings or have traveled near and far these past months, others have been here on Elm Street enjoying a slightly slower pace, a tad quieter schedule, and a build-up of plans for a new program year. While we celebrate and honor the different habits of summertime, we are ready to re-begin as a wider community. We very much look forward to being all together again.

Nancy highlighted some of our new program offerings in her reflection last week. I too am eager to be in conversation with you about Just Mercy, to pray the office with you on Wednesdays, to begin family formation via our 935 formation offering…but this eagerness I feel also points to a larger yearning.

I am eager, I realize, to learn and grow in community with you all. How will we grow as a community in our discussions around systemic racism? How deep will our communal faith go through the practice of midweek corporate prayer? What kinds of conversations will be had in our homes after families learn together about God and church?

While there has been more family time and travel time for me this summer, I have also seen and experienced some big challenges. Society is still struggling. Being a human, a neighbor, a friend, a family member is still humbling and fumble-y at times. In summer I tend to get re-anchored to the beauty of God in creation, but by Fall I more fully understand my need for faith formation in community as another crucial anchor.

So let’s come together again, to learn and grow in Christ, to offer support to one another in the midst of the difficulties and joys of our human condition. Let’s come together again and see what God is waiting to teach us next.

Yours in Christ,

* Image above is El Greco’s c. 1570 oil painting of “Christ Healing a Blind Man.”
It can be viewed at the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts in NYC.

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