The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said that you can’t step into the same river twice. Rivers are constantly changing. The water you step in once immediately rushes away downstream. A cornerstone of his philosophy was that the only constant is change. As Christians, we know that God does not change (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17). But the world and the Church do change. Trinity is entering a season where there will be more noticeable changes to our worship space.
Change is hard. One of the reasons I have remained Anglican through the years is the familiarity of the liturgy. There is a comfort and joy in returning to well-trod paths with familiar traveling companions. This is also why I love singing hymns.
One of the first changes you will notice this Lent is that we will be introducing hymnals into our worship. As the Vestry reviewed how much time and money we were spending to print all the hymns in our bulletins, it became clear that this time and money would be better spent on ministry. For special services when we expect to have lots of visitors, we will include hymns in the bulletins to make our service as user-friendly as possible. But in our normal weekly practice, we are making the change to hymnals to save money. We estimate this could save us up to $1,000 just in the first year alone, not to mention all the time invested to insert and align all that music in our bulletins.
The second change you will notice this Lent is that our seating will be rearranged. The choir and piano will be moving to the other side of the Nave. In fact, the choir is moving back to its original location when we first occupied the building. This will allow increased seating capacity and greater flexibility for our choir and music teams.
For some of you, these changes will be a return to familiar territory. For others, the changes may be disorienting. It may feel like someone rearranged all the furniture in your house while you were out shopping. But God has not changed, and our ancient Anglican way of worship has not changed. In the midst of these changes to our space, I pray that we will all deepen our worship of the God who is always constant.