Friday, August 7, 2009

The Rhythms of the Church Minister's Life

It's Friday and it feels like Friday for those of us who work Monday through Friday jobs. I remember well—as I was reminded today on a pastoral musician's facebook entry—those days when my life didn't follow the same rhythms as most people's lives. When I was a full-time director of liturgy and music, I usually took Thursday and Friday off, which meant that Wednesdays were my "Fridays." When I left full-time parish ministry and began working here at WLP, it took me awhile to adjust to the new rhythm. As a matter of fact, for the first six months or so, I didn't know what to do with myself on Sunday mornings without several Masses to play. So, I told all my musician friends that I was available for substitute work on Sundays. I then found myself working five days a week at WLP, then playing at Masses on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings in a variety of churches in the Chicago area. I finally decided that this was too much and that I needed simply to be a "pew Catholic" for awhile. Sometimes when ministers give and give, there comes a time when they need to be on the receiving end of ministry. That's certainly what I discovered. I do miss regular music ministry. There is nothing like it. It's just that I know deep down that I have been called to use my gifts in a different way now. Same mission; different tools. And I count myself very blessed that I have found a parish that nurtures and strengthens my faith and my commitment to the gospel. For those of you who are ministering to people like me, I hope you know how much what you do really—really—has a lasting impact on your people.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Here's a snippet from Michael Perza's beautiful piece You Are the Light I Seek. I hope you enjoy it. Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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