Weekly Reflections

Below you will find the most recent Weekly Reflection from the clergy with a link to the week's readings.

August 14th, 2022

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

A Few Words of Thanksgiving

This week’s lesson from Hebrews contains the famous line that “we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.” In that epistle, the line refers to the generations of the faithful who have gone before us, but it also calls us to reflect on the witnesses in our midst today and to give thanks.

We have had a full and busy summer – much of it preparing for a successful new program year. Before we plunge into that new year, I want to pause and give thanks for a number of people and their work: for Pam Bixler and her tireless work seeing to repairs, painting, and improvements around our campus, for Katherine Lambert keeping our communications active and our office work flowing, for Miranda Dismukes pouring love and devotion into Vacation Bible School and our Sunday School programs, for Peggy Lyden and her work to make music ministries accessible to all, for Winfred Lee and his efforts with numerous side projects on top of a full work schedule, for Brad Clark and his creativity and energy with last week’s puppet show and all that he does.

Our cloud of witnesses extends much further than our office. It is made up of our whole church and its many lay ministries: altar guild and flower guild, the hands that folded this very bulletin and the eyes that worked to fix my grammar, singers and musicians of all ages, Sunday school teachers, confirmation mentors, vestry members, food deliverers, parents, grandparents, and children.

We are indeed surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Nothing in our common life happens by accident, but by the intentional use of God’s gifts. We are blessed by the gifts of our St. Paul’s family, and we have much work left to do in God’s service. So as the Letter to the Hebrews goes on to say, “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”