What’s going on?

Faith at work

Perhaps because I’m the very part-time priest of a very small parish, it has taken me a long time to learn the proper answer to the question, “What’s going on at your church these days?”

I used to give an answer something like this: “We’ve just started a new study group centered on the Book of Acts.” Or maybe I’d say, “We’re in the process of restoring 17 stained glass windows even older than our century-old building.” I wanted to let people know, you see, that few as we are, we’re still capable of being “an active church.”

And of course I probably also wanted people to know that untrained “local priest” though I am, I can still toss the ball around with the big boys. There was more than a little vanity to my answers and, if not much out of the ordinary was “happening at church,” perhaps a little embarrassment, too.


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