Summer days used to mean things slowed down at work, but that is not the case this year, at least not at Trinity. On top of several projects underway, we have nearly 100 Wellspring summer camp kiddos onsite every day. It’s fun to hear their voices and giggles. Somehow, hearing children’s laughter inside a big old church building makes my heart happy. It makes the building feel, literally, alive
Some of us recently toured the GE Campus and listened to the description of the amazing plans and hopes the community has for this abandoned industrial complex. Walking through the urban ruins gave us a chance to see the decrepit buildings in a way most of us never had a chance to observe. The company bowling alley still had shoes and scorecards, left behind whenever that final frame was bowled. It was a bit spooky, to see some of the signs of lives long gone.
It might be easy—too easy--- to envision our gorgeous building as it might look, abandoned and left to decay. Would future tour-takers know about the energy and activity that takes place here, every day? Would there be any remnant of those Wellspring children’s laughter? Or the commitment and dedication our staff pours into our work, day after day? Would someone peer into the shadows and envision the people who put together children’s worship bags and stuffed sermon letters into envelopes and printed weekly bulletins? What might echo in empty hallways? On this day, you can hear colleagues calling out to offer assistance or encouragement to each other. You can hear music from offices and conversations as small groups plan out opportunities for summer fun for the congregation. You can hear the soft whir of fans trying to stir the warm air that settles in some of the workspaces. The air handling is kind of funky because when our building was erected, no one envisioned the staff or the technology or the needs of today. We make it work . We modify. We make do. It’s all a process.
Whatever this building--- or any building--- holds, the most important thing it shelters is the humanity for a time under its roof. The souls who pour their limited time and precious energy into creating connections and opportunities, attending services and hosting events for members and neighbors are the real ‘lifeblood’ of Trinity. We’re all bound to one another through this experience as the body of Christ. It takes all of us. And since I’ve been listening to Hamilton, a phrase that comes to mind is, “oceans rise; empires fall…” and I see the inevitable cycle of creation and decay from a different viewpoint. I am just grateful to be a part of the creating. I am grateful I get to hear the laughter and the encouragement and the friendly voices that fill this space today.