For the next two services, I was what they call "2nd paten." This person processes in, sits in the middle chair of the rector's box during the Ministry of the Word, and then distributes the wafers during Communion. Serving Christ's body to the people of God is something I could do all day long. Seeing each face, knowing that each is a beloved child of God, smiling at them if they make eye contact, blessing them, being a channel for God's love - it just doesn't get any better than that.
Second paten was also a good role for me yesterday because the services were a little more complicated with the choirs singing a Haydn Mass at both the 9:15 and the 11:15. It was lovely. Beautiful, soaring music made Trinity Sunday especially festive. And, I was glad that I didn't have the responsibility for knowing when we were to stand and sit.
Yesterday we also dedicated new kneelers that go around the altar rail. Stitchers have been working for a long time needlepointing the cushions to help celebrate Bruton's 300th anniversary. Many of the stitchers were present yesterday at the 9:15 service for the dedication. I have done some cross-stitch in my time, but nothing like these kneelers. They are stunning. I remember seeing one of them in progress when visiting my colleague, Mollie Douglas Turner. They will be a blessing to both people associated with Bruton and the many visitors who tour the church each year.
Here are a couple more:
Bruton is also developing a flower guild to do the flowers each Sunday. I have often been blessed to be at churches where people have the gift of arranging flowers in creative ways. Because of my connection with nature, I am grateful that flowers are a part of the way we glorify God. And I am so thankful that there are people with the gift for arranging them! Craftiness is a gift I did not receive, and I so appreciate and admire it in others. The same person who sang the soprano solos during the Haydn Mass also helped arrange yesterday's flowers. Every time I hear her sing, I tell her that she sounds like an angel - I could listen to her forever. It's clear that she has other gifts as well. So many people contributing in so many ways to make the service beautiful.
As for me, I learned again what my best gift (or superpower) is. My smile. So many people commented on it. No matter how many times people tell me that they appreciate my smile, I am always surprised. It's not something I work at. It truly is a gift. It comes naturally and easily to me. What a wonderful world God has created in which we all get to use our gifts to bless others.