From the Rector
In Earnest 8.9.17
I know you rejoice with me over the news shared this past week about the call of our new Rector. I am sorry we could not announce his name, but that will come soon. The reason for this is that we are now working out the Letter of Agreement, allowing him to make an announcement to his own congregation. This is his announcement to make, not something his congregation needs to hear by the grape vine. It now looks like the call will be delayed a few weeks – until October 15th – but we can live with that. This is a very exciting time!
I have been asked by several parishioners about why we would select a Rector who is already functioning well somewhere else. That’s exactly the person that we want! And we trust that God (and the diocese) will take care of the congregation that he currently serves. We will even recommend they consider the process we used to identify a suitable candidate, one we truly believe was of the Holy Spirit.
This weekend, construction begins on the gym conversion into worship space. Thanks to Chip & Sue Howden and Nick Murphy & his crew, we are about to transform the gym into a place of worship. They have tried to get ahead of the curve by allowing some extra time before we actually move out of the church into our temporary worship space, still estimated to be September 3rd. Please do not go in the gym this Sunday. We ask this for your own safety as well as for the safety and convenience of our workers.
This past Sunday we basked in the Transfiguration, especially considering the beautiful stained-glass window on the east end of the sanctuary. I have mostly thought of the window in terms of Moses and Elijah who appeared with Jesus, linking the figure in purple at the base of the window with the disciples as a group. Then Bunnie Graham casually asked as she was leaving the 8 o’clock service, what I made of the two fish. “What two fish?” And lo and behold I realized it was Peter in the green robe! If you want to hear more about the other characters, and you missed being here this past Sunday, please listen to my sermon on line on our website.
If you do listen you will hear a somewhat muffled Ernie Bennett. That’s because I recorded it on a hand-held recorder tucked inside my vestments at the 5 o’clock service. This was brought about because our sound system, which we knew wasn’t working entirely properly, gave up the ghost as we began our services. As always, a couple of our folks (Wade Caldwell and Dick Garber) came to the rescue with a temporary sound system solution. We hope to be back in business by this coming Sunday. As Gilda Radner reminded us frequently “It’s Always Something”.
I want to try something for a while that I’ve wanted to do ever since I came to be your Rector. I want to open the chapel during the day for people to use as a mid-week refuge. For now, I want to make the chapel available (without having to ask someone to let you in) after the 12:15 service on Wednesday through Evensong at 5:15. There is always risk involved in doing this, but it is an important witness to our members and non-members alike. Help me by welcoming folks into this sacred space. And keeping an eye out for potential abuse.
See you Sunday!
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