On Sunday, June 13th we will livestream our service 10:00 a.m. service through our YouTube channel: youtu.be/8IOUdSjjqko The link will be active on Sunday at 9:55 a.m. or as a recorded option after that.
From Pastor Debi
As we prepare for Father’s Day, I’d like to reflect on a beloved member, J, who passed away a few months ago. A good man, a beloved husband and best friend, a remarkable father. And of course, a fixture here at Parkview.
I think fixture is an interesting word to describe someone who is at the heart of a congregation. I think of a light fixture, functional and essential. But the problem with a fixture is that you often take it for granted, and even cease to notice it until it breaks or malfunctions. Sometimes people in our church community become fixtures, and it is only when we lose them that we truly see their value, their unique gifts, and the special role that they play in our congregation. We suddenly see the hole that is left when they are gone.
J was a fixture at Parkview because he quietly and unobtrusively stepped up to make our life together richer. He edited and enhanced the pictures that he and Jane took at church gatherings. He was present with his wife, sitting in their “own” pew at every church event and worship service. He was a supporter of the church for 62 years, sharing of his talents, his treasure, and his time. And most recently, he was a leader of our adult bible study, sharing the responsibility of a Sunday morning class.
During the COVID epidemic, the Bible study group was not able to meet in person, so they created a group email chain. On December 12th, from his room at the Transitional Care Center, John sent this message to his fellow Bible Travelers.:
So, my one working brain cell got loose and was running around musing when it met the above subject. I’m of the opinion that we humans are hard-wired to anticipate and wait for various things such as events, vacations, new toys, even a next meal or something better for those poor souls who have nothing.
But what I find fascinating is that year after year after year we fallible Christians do the very same thing: we hear the prophetic scriptures foretell the coming of the Messiah and then we proceed through Advent season anticipating and waiting for the joyous celebration of Christ’s birth. Yet the narrative hasn’t changed - we know how that earthly sojourn turns out - so maybe the whole cycle is intended to remind us of God's steadfast love and promises. And maybe we embrace this season not just because of the beloved story, but because we have the faith and hope that this year we will be a little better at adopting the lessons and promises of that story into our lives. Yea for year around carols and our ability to wait and celebrate!
When I read this again, I am sad that we will not ever get to talk with J again about his faith, or share his unique dry sense of humor, or hear his irreplaceable wisdom. I wish I had taken more time to listen to his stories and ask him about his life and his faith. We don’t appreciate what we have until we lose it.
And so, with his family, we will grieve his loss; we will remember his sly smile, and we will always expect to see him sitting beside his wife in the back pew. And we will bear in mind that time passes quickly, and life is short, and that we should listen more and talk less.
The best thing about church is the people you meet. Each of them is a gift. That’s why our time together is called the present.