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“Not the Sermon” Message

This Week at Trinity, Beamsville Friday, March 1, 2019

Dear Friends,

This week has been an interesting one, getting set up for the Annual General Meeting this Sunday. Of course, a lot of this preparation has been going on since December, but this week is really when all the moving parts settled and the picture we all knew was there was finally unearthed. It has been an undertaking that has been the work of a number of people through their committee reports and budgets, and the process of collecting and making sense of all of that information. I give thanks that there are people in this community who have the vision to make these meetings more engaging than they might be otherwise. I can remember as a kid having to sit through annual meetings after church. It was a fairly big congregation at that time, well over a hundred people in a big sanctuary, all listening pretty intently to whomever happened to be the chair. I was usually allowed to read or quietly play a game while it was happening because it’s hard to really understand what’s happening. But then I also remember that as we grew up, some of the older youth were suddenly able to vote after their confirmation and being really jealous. I’d like to say it was because I was really invested in the growth and wellbeing of the church, but I think it was mostly that I just wanted to feel like I could engage with what was happening, because at that point it didn’t feel all that important. It wasn’t really for me. It didn’t feel like it, anyway.

Now I’m in ministry. Things change, I guess.

Over time things become clearer. Whether it is the purpose of the meeting I didn’t understand as a kid, or the shape that the meeting will take this here at Trinity, the fog lifts and the silhouette starts to take shape. It doesn’t mean that things will always be fully clear and understandable, but it will get easier with time and with the willingness to move forward and to be creative. The fortunate thing for Trinity is that those talents are not in short supply. As we continue to move into this year, I am sure that these things will only continue to emerge in all that is done in this community.

With love, Scott

“…it is good for us to be here.” (Luke 9:33, NRSV)

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