When I was invited to come to Buckingham, Pennsylvania to share ministry with Trinity Episcopal Church as their rector, I asked the question you may be asking right now: Who are these people?
Seriously. I asked around. And the consistent reply I received was “Trinity Buckingham? They are such nice people.” And after eight years of living in this community I can tell you it’s true. The people who make Trinity their faith home are, indeed, nice people.
Trinity folks are folks who mean it when they say, “There’s a place for you here.” Not just space in a pew to sit on Sunday, but a place at the table when we gather afterwards to share a cup of coffee and the stories of last week.
There is a place for you here.
There is a place here for your questions. We’ve got them, too. There is a place here for your tears. We’re hurting and lost sometimes, too. There is a place here for your outrage. We long and struggle for a more just world, too. There is a place here for you to grow and change. We’re on a journey, too, and there is a place here for you to help us to grow and change.
There is a place here for you to receive. There are some awesome nonagenarians among us with true wisdom to share. And some who will bring you toys for your cat. There is a place here for you to give. We welcome what you can teach us about God and neighbor.
Who are we? Well, on our best days we are the kind and generous people God made us to be. And we try to love others as God loves us. And other days, well, those are the days it’s good to be with people who stand by us when we fall, help us up, dust us off and walk beside us as we begin again. We are the beloved, being-saved people of Trinity Buckingham. We’re nice. And there is a place for you here. Come and see.