September 2020 Magazine Letter

Rectors Letter from September 2020 Parish Magazine

The Reverend Silke Tetzlaff

Rector

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SiMPLiCiTY

Since lockdown a lot in our lives has changed.

Instead of now thinking we are getting back to normal, we use phrases like the new normal, whatever that might mean. We are all affected by the “new normal” each in our particular way.

I have been thinking a lot about what is necessary? A word that gave as a measure for our whereabouts. Do what is necessary.   There is an extreme complexity in our world, how we conduct our lives, how much we have in our lives in terms of material possessions, and how much we do.  This really came to the forefront of my mind when we had to stop. I had to optimize my life, make better use of what I had, and be less wasteful. I found I had to be resourceful, learn new skills, and be efficient and not wasteful. In making sense of this new normal I pondered St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians chapter 1 verse 12 where it says:

“For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.”

In a Christian life everything starts with worship to God. Since we are back in church, we had to strip back our worship to its bare necessities. We keep it simple and we keep it sincere. It was only during Lent that we voluntarily gave something up, but that had almost become a somewhat fun exercise until we return to normal. I wonder if instead of simplicity we got caught up in productivity, by constantly having to do something. 

We have crafted an equation for ourselves where we see that productivity equals connectivity.

Actually that does not bring us closer to God or anybody else, because it robs us of our time to spend with whom it really matters.

If only life could be so simple.

I let you ponder ………… 🙂 Yours, Silke