Reflections by Mother Leslie

Beloved People of St. Martin’s,

This week is filled with activity here at St. Martin’s—both joyful and solemn.

Burying the alleluias

Last Sunday, (delayed thanks to weather) some of the children and adults helped “bury the alleluias” for the season of Lent. They will be kept safe in our garden until it is time for them to sprout again on Easter Sunday.

Our Lenten Book Study began Wednesday night from 7:00-8:30 with the Rev. Sally Weaver leading a discussion of Bishop Jake Owensby’s book, A Resurrection Shaped Life. I invite you to join the discussion next week in the library, and to get a copy of this book—it is a lovely invitation to center ourselves in the promises of resurrection that surround us.

Thursday at 6:30 we will have our Syrian dinner, and it is going to be simply fabulous. Check our Facebook page for pictures which will be posted as soon as we are able.

Friday at 11:00 am, we will have the funeral and interment for Debbie Leonard, who passed away last month. She and her husband began attending worship here after moving to the Fountains a couple of years ago, and in the time I was privileged to be her priest she astounded me with her faith and deep trust in God. I invite you all to come and pay your respects to the family if you are able.

And then this weekend we will have one single service on Sunday at 9:00 am for the visitation of Bishop Smith to St. Martin’s. He will confirm five of our youth, and will receive six of our adults who are officially joining the Episcopal Church from another faith tradition. There will be our monthly brunch with celebratory cake after worship, during which time the bishop will talk at our adult forum about the search process and the current state of the Episcopal Church. Please make note of the change in schedule, and make sure to be here on Sunday, ready for a celebration!

As always, it is my privilege to walk with you in this journey of discipleship, and I give thanks to God for all of you each day in my prayers.

In Christ,