Here we are in the midst of Christmastide, the ringing in of 2022, and our celebration of Epiphany. I hope you are enjoying these days with friends and family, keeping warm and dry, and most especially staying well. It seems that the Omicron variant and Covid have not taken their leave, by any means, and it is our challenge to stay vigilant and to be flexible.
Flexibility was most certainly on display at St. Andrew’s as we lit all the candles on our Advent wreath at St. Andrew’s last Friday evening. Albrecht, the choir, and some very talented instrumentalists had been practicing diligently to bring us a pre-service concert and a worship service filled with music glorifying the birth of Jesus. Covid had other plans. Albrecht’s daughter, Anna, came down with COVID. Although Albrecht’s testing had shown negative results, he knew his place was at home, caring for Anna, and keeping everyone who was to share the choir loft with him safe. The concert was canceled and that’s when Barbara, Carrie, Terry, Pam and Orcenith took over. The choir moved to the first floor, some changes were made in the program, Carrie and Barbara played the piano, and the service was wonderful. For all who were able to be present there seemed to be a palpable feeling of great joy, as we all made accommodations, and once again heard the story about a teenage mother, her husband and the stable birth of our Lord and Savior.
Blessings, this day and always.