Dear St. John’s,
This week, I attended the Summer Music Institute at Drew Theological School. The one-day program provided continuing education on music and liturgy and how to make worship relevant in today’s society. We celebrated Eucharist, heard a keynote speaker, designed elements for a worship experience and sang lots and lots of music.
For me, it was not only a day of learning but also a day of renewal. I saw beloved friends and worshiped and sang and exchanged news and broke bread with them. I made new connections. My son attended with me, and I experienced the joy of hearing him play cello along with the other instrumentalists. I ended the day energized, inspired and filled with new ideas and resources for ministry.
Where do you find renewal? What nourishes your soul? What stimulates your intellect and creativity, or provides you with peace and a needed respite from life’s stresses?
Perhaps you find it while gardening or baking or playing golf or walking through the woods or relaxing on a beach with a good book. Whatever it is, I hope you take time this summer to pursue it. Make time to do things that bring you joy, and may they renew your spirit.
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