Rector's Msg.

Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when brethren live together in unity! It is like fine oil upon the head that runs down upon the beard, upon the beard of Aaron, and runs down upon the collar of his robe. It is like the dew of Hermon that falls upon the hills of Zion. For there the LORD has ordained the blessing: life for evermore. Psalm 133 (BCP)

We just had our first in-person service since November. Fortunately, it went very smoothly because we were prepared, having done it before. Therefore, the preparation went like clockwork (mostly because a team of people each did their part beautifully). I was prepared to do my part of the operation and I had the liturgy ready, the Eucharistic table set, and my sermon written. I even had the proper color liturgical laces in my shoes. But I was not prepared for the feeling, when a few minutes before the service the low conversations of a few separated people became a joyous raucous conversation. The hall filled with the sound of life, as people who had not seen each other for months were in the same room again.

Psalm 133 is a psalm, which belongs to a group called the Psalms of Ascent. Pious Jews, as they approached Jerusalem for their required feasts, would recite these psalms together on their journey. How fitting it is that Psalm 133 speaks about people living in unity, as it would be recited during their road trip and in preparation for mass gatherings at the Temple. This unity was like an anointing on a person, or more specifically on Aaron, who was anointed to serve the Lord. It was also like the dew, which falls upon the Golan Heights and turns into the waters which would nourish the land. This anointing and nourishing happens, when people of faith live together in unity.

Now, I know that it doesn’t precisely fit what Psalm 133 is speaking about, but this morning in church, hearing the joyous voices of the assembled congregation, it sure felt like the anointing of God. I could feel the contagious joy of people, who have longed to see one another being reunited. This was like an anointing or blessing of God, and it nourished my soul like the waters that flow from Mt. Hermon.

I know that we are only re-gathering in a limited way, but I look forward to the day when we can again be together and lift our voices in praise to the God, who is worthy of our worship. God bless you and thank you for your faithfulness.


In Christ.