I have the best seat in the house on Sunday mornings; and it is a privilege I don’t take for granted.
We who serve from the chancel (altar area) on Sundays get to see your faces instead of the back of your heads: so, I see you smile as you share the Peace; sing lustily along with a favorite hymn; laugh when we joke from the pulpit, and sometimes cry when a chord of grief or joy is struck.
I also get to watch Christ the Good Shepherd as he lovingly keeps watch over us, the sheep of his pasture. Our backs are to him most of the time as he watches from the window above the former choir loft, a staff in his hand and a wayward sheep slung over his shoulders; and while we rarely acknowledge his presence up there, I’ve not seen him miss a Sunday yet.
On June 12th, I’ll be watching him closely as I expect a little smile may appear on his face when
the children of our parish walk in procession to their Godly Play Room for the first time since March 2020, all of us joining in as they sing, “I want to walk as a child of the Light.”
While we were able to re-open St. John’s Preschool at half-capacity in Sept 2021 because the diocese considered our preschool an essential service for families, all the church nurseries and Sunday schools in our diocese were closed (or moved online or outdoors) until Covid vaccination became widely available for 5 – 11 year-olds in Dec 2021, just six months ago.