Let’s be honest. Many of us who have given our lives to the church are burnt out. We’re done for. Especially for music ministers, these past two years have been brutal. Anyone who has worked tirelessly to build a community of full, conscious, and active disciples has seen much of their effort disappear, and we are devastated.
Yet here we are—here you are—giving whatever you have left to this ministry we share in the Spirit. So, thank you. Thank you for continuing to serve this sinful yet holy church, the wounded body of Christ. And thank you for honoring yourself, also the body of Christ, by saying no, no more, or not yet, when you needed to.Though we, the church, are Christ’s ambassadors, we are not the One in whom our faith rests. Click To Tweet
Thank you for learning new things and for keeping memory of what must endure: that the body of Christ needs to sing and pray together; that we do not possess the Eucharist, but Christ in the Eucharist possesses us; and that divided as we may be at times, our hope is in Christ alone. Though we, the church, are Christ’s ambassadors, we are not the One in whom our faith rests.
With the hope and promise of Resurrection, together let us strain forward to what lies ahead and continue our pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13–14).
This post was first published in “GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal.”
Image credit: Photo by Joachim_Marian_Winkler from pixabay.
Read more reflections on the Sunday readings here:
- Opening our lives to the stranger
- The meaning of prayer
- Hospitality of home and heart
- Can we be neighbors?
- Leading music and prayer