May 2018 Reflection from the Rector
In only the past three weeks, I have been spiritually fed by the worship, mission, and ministry of St. Luke’s. I cannot say enough how grateful I am to be serving as your rector. I have been asked already, multiple times, what my vision is for the future of St. Luke’s. And all I can say is this: My vision right now is to get to know you. Each of you. And to get to know Ada. St. Luke’s is my spiritual home and the home of my calling. Ada is also just my day to day home, where I am building a life. I want to settle into the blessing of this life, and grow in my knowledge of who each of you is! I want to hear your story—and not just the sunshiny vignettes. I want to know what has brought you joy, what has brought you pain, where you saw God in all of it, and if you ever felt like you couldn’t find God when you needed God the most.
I find myself continually reminded that we are called to be present and actively loving the people both within and outside of St. Luke’s. One of the biggest reminders of this calling came through our Matthew 25 ministry, which we offered my first week here! I am already in awe of the beauty of this ministry, and I give thanks to God that our doors are being opened to feed our neighbors. Matthew 25 is one reminder among many of the profound need that people around us have, and especially our need to discern how we can respond to it. To that end, I also want to hear the stories of Ada—and not just the sunshiny vignettes. I want to hear the stories of those whom we might now call strangers, but soon, friends: what has brought them joy, what has brought them pain, where they saw God in all of it, and if they ever felt like they couldn’t find God when they needed God the most. This is at the forefront of my heart as I begin to think about how we, as one Church within this Body of Christ, can be formed and also minister to the world around us.
Right now, if you were to ask me to try to summarize my feelings about St. Luke’s I would say this: I am grateful, hopeful, and prayerful. I am grateful to be serving alongside you in this palpably holy place. I am hopeful that, given the foundation that was laid long before me, we have a bright future of building upon this foundation, following the direction of the Holy Spirit. And I am prayerful, asking God to heal and guide us every step of the way.
Thank you for this opportunity to serve. My door is open. My cell phone is charged. I can’t wait to hear your story.
Peace be with you,