by Ken Holloway [email protected]
I had seen Michael Beach during the Vergers' Guild Annual Conference in Nashville this year, but did not actually meet him until we were seated close-by at the airport waiting for our flights home.
He told me that he has been a member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Sierra Madre, California for twenty-six years and that he sings in the choir most Sundays, so he is not verging as much these days. We talked a bit about our experience in the aerospace industry. During our conversation, I asked him to let me know if he had any ideas for Verger’s Voice articles. I had asked at least fifty others to send me ideas, drafts, photographs or manuscripts, mentioning it conversationally.
Michael replied. The image he sent and the story behind it moved this 70+ author.
Kasey O’Sullivan and her grandmother came to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Sierra Madre CA. about three years ago. Kasey, then a 7 year-old, has been an acolyte for the last two years. She is acquiring liturgical wisdom in this picture from Head Verger Michael Beach. This picture was made by Dr. Jay Packer, a member of the parish. Dr. Packer is behind the camera at Ascension often. He approached Michael and Kasey’s grandmother with the concept and made this one with their approval.
We can read into this picture as we are guided by our individual reference frames.
I see teaching, guiding and loving care in a liturgical setting. How about you?