My return visit to St John's was radically different from the first visit. Everyone I encountered had a smile. A woman leaving directed another couple and I to the parish hall where the service was to be. That should be noted on the website.
Air conditioning led to the change of venue. That meant there were four rows of chairs on each side of the center "aisle" with the communion table at one end and a lectern at the other. Oh, the agony! People actually had to look at each other. At least one person is very unhappy about the situation. Isn't someone always?
I felt comfortable thanks to Grace Lutheran Church in Mendham, NJ where I directed the choir for awhile. They sit around the altar on four sides. It was disconcerting at first but it really ruined me - and others - for the typical us and them of rows of people facing the altar where the privileged do their thing. Grace is the only church I've been associated with where I knew everyone of the 100 or so. After all, everyone sees everyone else. I'll admit it is difficult to get used to.
Of course the organ was not present today but the piano was competently played and provided good congregational support. I was not happy that the Sanctus and Agnus music were not in the bulletin. Neither had standard H82 tunes or words. If the hymns are printed then all the music should be available.
Besides the "friendly" setup, there were people I knew including a long term friend to sit with. I was able to have a needed conversation with the woman who was disappointed by my last "review". She said they are working hard to change but it is difficult. Oh, don't I know!!! It may have been the setup, which I suspect, or the friends or the efforts but I felt very welcome today. Good work, St John's.
For Margaret and Joel who are true disciples ministering to the people on the poorest Native American reservation in the US. And especially for Margaret who has more funerals in a month than most priests have in several years. And thanks for allowing the children to call her Grandma. She is the best possible person/priest in her position. For Peg and Jim. For all those who believe that guns can solve our problems. For our dysfunctional Congress. For Christ Church Meadville. For R and D especially for R. For me. For Ward. For Bro John. For Jim, especially. For those in the church who are distressed. For A as she deals with dysfunction. For Ginny. For Amelia. For Julie Anne. For Danny. For Amy. For J's mom. For Art and Mary. For rain in California. For Jeri. For Caleb and those who research RA. For J and D. For Tim and Ruth. For Ted. For VC and N. For Lee. For S and P.
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