We are now several weeks into Fr. John’s retirement as our rector and so I’m beginning to believe that he really, truly is going through with this! As with any loss, whether unexpected or planned, there is always grief and a sense of uncertainty, and this is no exception. But I believe that Fr. John has prepared us well over the years to carry on the ministries that we have established together, and that we are expected to, actually as Christians we are charged with, continuing to “do the work we have been given to do” and to fulfill the mission of St. Luke’s parish: “To live in Christ...to love the world...to serve one another”.
And we are doing exactly that; so many are stepping up, pitching in, doing their part and more. I have sensed and witnessed a lot of energy, a lot of excitement about the possibilities of this new opportunity with which we have been presented at St. Luke’s and I hope that this continues because enthusiasm is contagious and we still need more people to get involved in our ministries. There is so much to be done and I feel that St. Luke’s members still have so many untapped gifts to offer our parish and community.
Passionate spirituality may have been our “minimum factor” on the Natural Church Development survey but I am definitely seeing a resurgence of the Holy Spirit at work in our parish, and this is the profile that we want to present to priests who are considering the possibilities of St. Luke’s. Remember, just as we are discerning the “right” rector for St. Luke’s for the next many years, so too are we being discerned as the “right” parish home for a yet-to-be-determined priest. What do we want others to see in us, in St. Luke’s? How do we want to be known?
I ask that all continue to pray for our search, and to be outward and visible signs of our mission every day as we go about in our community.
Peace and blessings,