Happy are those....
whose delight is in the law of the Lord...
They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
The beautiful image of a fruit bearing tree planted by a river, which we find in the Psalms, has provided a central focus for our Diocese under the guidance of our new Bishop since our last diocesan convention in November 2018. Our Bishop has invited all of us to imagine ourselves--the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of the Rio Grand--as a tree with Deep Roots and a Broad Reach.
What does it mean for you to have deep roots and a broad reach? What does it mean for your children? Your family? St. Mark's? Our diocese? Our denomination?
What helps YOU feel rooted?
What feeds & refreshes you, allowing you to grow, flourish and bear fruit in different seasons?
What is the relationship between rooting down and reaching out in your life and family?
This Summer we will be creating a community mosaic, depicting a tree, in the courtyard at St. Mark's. We hope that everyone in the St. Mark's community will get involved in this exciting project. As we work on this project together this summer, and as we enjoy the finished mosaic for years to come, I invite you to continue reflecting on the image of a tree, and the concept of "Deep Roots, Broad Reach." You can learn more about St. Mark's "Tree of Life" Community Courtyard Mosaic Project here.
Learn the Song
This month's Song of the Month is a variation of a song by singer/songwriter Betsy Rose.
Standing like a tree
with my roots sent down
my branches wide and open
down comes the rain
down comes the sun
down comes the Word*
to a heart that is longing to be
standing like a tree....
*In other versions of the song this word appears as "fruit", "love", and "moon". For purposes of Children's Chapel, we've chosen to sing "Word" as in Jesus, the Word, that comes down from heaven to give life to the world.
Once you are comfortable with the words and the melody, try singing the song as a round in two or more parts!
St. Mark's children will share this song as the Offertory Anthem during Worship on Sunday, June 23rd.
Learn the Movements
Song of the Month
In early 2019 I began serving as assisting priest at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Albuquerque. St. Mark's is home to a diverse and rapidly growing faith community as well as a Montessori Preschool that serves ~50 preschool children and their families.