Tomorrow, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, marks the seventh anniversary of Live at Five. Tomorrow, we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis. Tomorrow, worship outside on the East Meadow of St. Michael's as we gather to hear stories of God and God's creation, to share the bread and wine and to give thanks. And tomorrow, we'll share our worship with the dogs and cats and snakes and chickens and turtles and maybe even a mule that share our lives with us as we bless those who bless our lives.
Four years ago, our community came together to reflect on who we were and who we wanted to be as people of Christ in this little corner of the world. Today, I looked back at the work we did that day.
One of the values we identified was "Seeing ourselves as part of creation." One of the dreams we had that day was worshipping outside from time to time. One of our hopes was that we, as a community would serve others. We started that day reflecting on what we loved about Live at Five. More than one person loved the joyful nature of our music and our worship.
Isn't it fitting the anniversary of our worshipping community falls on the Feast of St. Francis--a person known for his joyful nature, his love of creation, and for serving others--especially the most vulnerable. On this eve of the Feast of St. Francis, the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin keep echoing in my mind: Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
May our hearts be filled with joy.