Ministry in a new season! As we experience a cautious measure of relief and continued diligence in regards to Covid-19 pandemic, I am hopeful and excited about being able to engage in broader ways in community—the community of Desert Skies, the communities of Vail, Tanque Verde, and beyond.
The challenges of this past year have reminded me that life and faith always move in seasons. Seasons aren’t just about weather change, or external conditions—they are also about change within. The writer of Ecclesiastes in scripture names this most vividly for us. (Ecclesiastes 3)
There was a critical season in my adult life when I lost my way and nearly left church altogether. Caught up in the “doing” of church, I had lost the “why” of church. I felt out of sync with my life of faith in community, isolated and discouraged. It wasn’t until a group of folks I didn’t know invited me to be part of something fresh, something new and different, that my journey of faith found new purpose. It was simple, we werefocused on learning how to be followers of Jesus, and on “being” in community. The “doing” of church took care of itself when “being” a disciple was the priority. I remain ever grateful for those who invited me and welcomed me in all of my questioning.
These past months have seemed like one long, trying season in some ways. But now, with safety precautions in place, we are able to join together with a little more agility, in person and remotely online. At Desert skies we are offering new Adult Studies and Small Groups, gearing up our Children’s and Youth ministries, and we are looking for new ways to be in ministry with our communities in Tanque Verde and Vail. We know God is always making things new again! (Revelation 21:5)
I look forward to this new spiritual season as Fall approaches, spending more time outdoors with neighbors, having deep conversations, asking questions with you about life, journeying and faith. I look forward to meeting new people who are invited and welcomed to create new communities, doing new things. I pray that we can gather again for meals and small groups, discovering new insights around the scriptures that guide us. And, I look forward to lively and meditative worship together, that centers us and sends us out to be joyfully engaged in the world around us.
My greatest hope is that we will all experience a renewed sense of the “why” of church, the matchless joys of “being” church. I pray that we will join with the Spirit, reigniting our commitment to leading, loving, learning, and living as those who find immeasurable joy in the way of Christ.
Susan and her husband Joe are enjoying their second year of ministry here at Desert Skies. They are the parents of Rebecca, Emily, Stone, and daughter-in-law, Tracie, who are all grown, living in different parts of the country, and are busy with their various careers, as they change the world in their own distinct ways.
In their free time, Susan and Joe enjoy hiking and biking together, and they share a love of history. They enjoy exploring the Tucson area and Arizona landmarks, as well as getting to know more of the folks at Desert Skies and neighbors in Vail.