“…that which we are, we are….”

… Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

“Ulysses,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson

I recently heard the actress Helen Mirren read aloud the last few lines of Tennyson’s poem, including those inserted above. A video clip, of course, not in person.

The reading reduced to tears Mirren’s hearer Stephen Colbert and did so for me as well. I cannot speak for Colbert, but the poem reminded me of…

(Continued from The Messenger)

those saints of Webster Hills UMC upon whom I am privileged to call through my work with the Congregational Care Team.

Members of the Congregational Care Team make regular in-home visits to WHUMC members who are no longer able to worship with us in person. I find these ‘homebound’ folks to be persons who, although they may indeed be “…made weak by time and fate…,” are yet “strong in will,” as well as brave, loving and funny.

Members of the Congregational Care Team receive resources and support to do this work and meet quarterly for fellowship and sharing.

We speak often this Lent of serving and of inviting others to serve. Please consider this your invitation to join us in serving our homebound elders. I’d love to share more with you about the mission and ministry of the Congregational Care Team. Please e-mail me at or call me on my cell 314-629-7738.

Lenten blessings to you all.

Rev. Dr. Martha Robertson