This Sunday we will gather after our service to celebrate the year we have just ended and to look forward with hope and gratitude at what lies ahead. Here are the words I used to describe some of the ways I will remember 2020 in our Annual Report:
Honestly, as I look back on the year we have just lived through, I have to sit down and take a deep breath! I do so with equal parts gratitude and astonishment. Many of you know I am always thinking about what it means to be a community that describes itself as “progressive, inclusive and creative,” and yet never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how well and intensely we would wrestle with that question over the course of year such as we have just had. Together we have learned new tools, accepted new invitations, engaged new levels of participation and the result has been nothing short of astounding.
Below is a snapshot of highlights I will carry with me from 2020. They are reminders that with God all things are indeed possible, and we have come so far. I cannot wait until we can regather in 2021 and, after many hugs and tears of joy, see what God has in store for us next!
Highlights from 2020
- Shifting from in-person, to web streaming to, by April, launching Trinity@Home
- Designing and launching a new pastoral Care tool: Daily Bread
- Beginning a Trinity Card Guild
- Welcoming 27 new members home at Pentecost (virtually!)
- Completing “Sanctuary Facelift Project” (June-December)
- Building COVID safe sound booths in the Chapel for recording
- Engaging Randles Co. for a Feasibility Study
- 36 Trinity members engaging the Documentary-based Sacred Ground curriculum
- Completing the most successful Annual Pledge Drive in a decade- and all on-line!
- Building our relationship with Toledo Streets and finding new community partners
- Celebrating 5 baptisms outside on the street in front of the church
- Offering new lay lead devotion and formation opportunities
- Developing a new Music Ministry Strategy
- More significant improvements to our technology & infrastructure
So come home this Sunday for Trinity@Home worship online at 10:00 and then stay for a quick and spirited Annual Meeting. We will celebrate all we have learned and lived through together. Go to our website to sign-up and be a part of this way of coming together to give thanks to God, “daring to be human creatures, vulnerable to the beauty of existence. Learning to love.”
We Look with Uncertainty (by Ann Hillman)
We look with uncertainty beyond the old choices for
clear-cut answers to a softer, more permeable aliveness
which is every moment at the brink of death;
for something new is being born is us if we but let it.
We stand at the doorway, awaiting that which comes…
Daring to be human creatures, vulnerable to the beauty of existence.
Learning to love.
May you never forget that you are loved.