But It’s Tradition!

As I sat in church this past Easter Sunday my eyes roamed across the stain-glass windows beginning with the one in the sanctuary which the bright morning sun was setting aglow as it streamed through it. As I moved from window to window I was struck how they depicted the community around Christ as being up close and personal. In all of Christ’s ministry he moved amongst the people. He didn’t set himself apart. He was a part of the community which formed around him. That’s one of the aspects of this church community I’ve always enjoyed. When I joined it some fifteen years ago there were about fifty people attending regularly. It wasn’t a close community of people who came together each week but it was a warm group. Members of the congregation read the readings, the lay reader read the gospel. The congregation was either too small for a deacon or no priest felt the need to put one in place. Over the years the congregation has dwindled, through death, clashes with clergy or people just wandering away from church life. A priest we had a few years ago opened up the gospel to any member of the congregation willing and able to read. He relaxed the need for the communion assistant (server) to be robed and seated in the sanctuary. The server would come up out...

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