Today is a day of sadness and of hope. The signing for the Wyman church building and the lot on which it stands (not to be confused with the land sale pending for Villa Wyman) took place today at noon, and the building is now owned by Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar. While others attended the signing, I met with representatives of the gurdwara (temple) to give them keys as they did a walk-through.
It is a sad day. There are so many memories of things that have happened in that space. There are so many memories of the people. But we shall not forget, but will remember our heritage in our words and actions.
It is a day of hope. We have dreams for the future, and the community of faith is very much alive. It is also a day of hope because, even though our new 'abode' is not ready, we have come to realize that we can still be a community of faith even if we are not gathering physically in one location..... though we will really appreciate it when we can gather!
And we remember, too, that we have kept many things that are special to us - the communion table and baptismal font, along with the kneeler. We have kept the stained glass and the Celtic cross..... and so many other things. Oh - and lots of essentials from the kitchens so we'll be ready for a big meal together not too far off in the future.
Finally, as we really step into this nomadic period, we know that God goes with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.
(Many of you may have thought the signing already took place - however, there was an issue with a notary (not anyone local), and after several weeks a new notary was engaged. But then there was further delay simply because notaries are booked to February - we were fortunate the second notary handled the file before year-end when several deadlines would pass with the passing of the year, causing many difficulties.)