Work and worship continues at St. Basil the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church. What we had hoped to be a two month or so renovation seems to be more of a slower 9 month process. We have taken down most all of the walls we don’t need and are starting to put up the ones we want. We even have the metal studs and window and door frames up for the “crying room” (a good thing to have in a church where the couples are and have been fruitful and multiplied). Putting up the drywall shouldn’t be the worst of issues. But, we have to get a contractor in to handle some other things that we aren’t skilled for. Our renovation guru has some great ideas for the church. But, things will take a little longer than planned.
Despite the chaos, I still love worship. Our church family is as close as ever as we have adjusted to our closer quarters. With our chanter departing from us in November, there is an opportunity for someone to be ready to serve at Matins (while I am doing some of the reading, I need to find someone to teach me the tones). We are getting out Sunday School up again next month, and our church will host the First Annual Virginia Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black Symposium. Today, we had a baptism and, of course, nothing stops us from our coffee hour fellowship.
The thing that strikes me the most about the worship as we are renovating the building is that we can see the changes around us as we seek changes inside of us. In our confessions, Eucharist, prayers, songs, and greetings of love; I can’t help but to enjoy the new things that are going on around us as well as the way we newly converted believers have jelled with those who have been in the faith much longer. Sure, the building doesn’t look like a church. But, the church within the building is gorgeous from our month old babies to the elders. As we are now in the Dormition Fast, each of us are striving even more in our walk of salvation to grow in holiness.
When all of the construction and renovation is done, St. Basil will be one of the most beautiful churches anyone could visit. But, that will be then (God willing). We are blessed to enjoy the beauty of what is happening now. May God bless us in our fasting, sharing, worship, and all of our efforts to serve Him.