Rector's Rhetoric - May 2017
Last Sunday, as I’d just finished a session with the Inquirer’s Class, I was walking by the parish library and heard laughter coming through the door from the Adult Class inside. I had to smile, knowing that community life will certainly carry on at St. Luke’s with or without my presence. My last Sunday with you will be May 28th and I hope that you can be with us to celebrate a new chapter in Susan’s and my life as well as that of the parish.
As most of you know from a previous letter, in retirement, Susan and I will remain in Ada, but retirement will mean just that—I won’t be able to respond to any sacramental or pastoral needs. One of the reasons that I asked Stan Caufield to be your Senior Warden was because I have confidence that Stan and Deacon Bobby, along with the diocese, will be able to respond to any need or issue that might arise. You’ll be fine in the interim because we’ve always had great leadership at St. Luke’s.
No words in the form of a letter or sermon from the pulpit will adequately convey what you and the membership of the past 22+ years have meant to me. So many wonderful souls to remember and to cherish. I now know why John Ashby stayed so long and why it was always his fondest wish to move back here after his retirement. This is Holy Ground, and I know that your next Rector will feel the same way. I’ve lived in Ada longer than I’ve lived anywhere in my life, a testament to the enduring charm of what my friends and I lovingly refer to as the “village.”
The days are going by very quickly now as I attempt to clean out my files and communicate the details of certain tasks that will need to be done in my absence. I have no idea where I’m going to stash all these books! But don’t feel like you can’t drop by the office or give me a call. I’ll never be that busy, and It would be a shame if you wanted to, but didn’t. For now, I’m still here and you’re important to me. So let us celebrate the coming days, give thanks to God for all that has happened and everything that will be. I love you all.