LITURGY & HOSPITALITY
I’m still thinking about last Saturday’s liturgy training workshop. Our presenter, Moya McGinn Mathews, had plenty of thought-provoking material for our ministers of Word and Table. (We more often use the terms “lector” and “Eucharistic minister”.)
Hospitality was a key theme throughout the workshop. It’s important, whether we’re welcoming someone at the door to the church, proclaiming God’s word, or sharing our holy meal. As Jesus said, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Some ways to be hospitable are more visible than others. It’s worth remembering the many behind-the-scenes volunteers who prepare for each liturgy. We have people who water the plants, replace vigil lights, and literally set the table for Mass. Others make sure doors are open before Mass begins, and closed afterwards.
I recently attended a performance of the Gilbert & Sullivan light opera, H.M.S. Pinafore. (It was a great show, by the way.) It reminded me how very many people, doing many different things, are required when it comes to operas and musicals.
Liturgy’s something like theater in that regard, as many, many people are involved. What’s different is that our way of worship emphasizes participation, not performance.
We continue to work with the roofing company that installed the church roof in 2019. A representative came here on November 1. Along with members of our Facilities Committee, he inspected the roof yet again.
We learned that it’s likely we’ll want to replace the skylights (ballpark estimate of $6K for all four). The inspection showed their deterioration after 50-some years. In addition, recent leaks in the altar area might be linked directly to skylight issues.
Before we do anything else, however, we’re waiting for answers to our questions. For example, how well did the company deal with the metal flashing on the knee walls? How might the company address the internal damages we’re seeing on wooden ceiling boards and the walls of the skylights?
I’m very grateful to members of our Facilities Committee for their help with the roof problems. It’s been a long process, but we’re making progress.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!