On Purpose

By Jackie Frey

On Sunday, July 5, 18 St Mary’s parishioners joined for the first time in a 90 minute Zoom meeting to start an ongoing conversation about what God calls the people of St. Mary’s to do and be in this time and place. We started the meeting with Psalm 104. Each of us had read Walter Brueggemann’s 1999 article published in The Christian Century titled “The liturgy of abundance, the myth of scarcity.” We broke up into small groups and discussed what Brueggemann said about scarcity and abundance and then shared our own stories about scarcity and abundance in our small groups. We closed the meeting with reading the Magnificat followed by a blessing offered by our rector, Kristine.

All St. Mary’s parishioners are invited to join in on these monthly Zoom gatherings to reflect on God’s call to us. We will meet regularly on the first Sunday of each month for a period of about 6 months. In a spirit of holy curiosity, we are going to read together, share our stories and reflect together. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, August 2, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM over Zoom. The reading that we will be discussing at that time is the first four chapters of Making the Pledge Drive Obsolete: How Churches Can Get Out of This Business Once and For All by Timothy Dombek and Michael Durall (2014).

Please contact Jack Herbig at jack@herbigassociates.com, Jackie Pierce at fiddlejamjp@gmail.com or Jackie Frey at montefrau@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to join in this endeavor.