Reflections from the Rector - November 2018
In just a little over a week, we will have a Celebration of New Ministry, which will officially welcome me as the new rector at St. Luke’s. I am reminded today—as I frantically finish the bulletin!—that this is not a celebration of Erin Jean Warde. It is a celebration of new ministry; we will celebrate the ministry that we share here in this church.
I am, day to day, encouraged by your witness to the love and grace of God. As I navigate the inevitable challenges of doing things for the first time, I am ever grateful for your patience with me, as well as your willingness to support me and share with me the customs and history of the church. It brings me great joy to hear, over and over again, about all the many ways you are serving out in the community, and welcoming new people to our church.
At the Celebration of New Ministry, we will hear the following passage from Romans:
“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” –Romans 12:4-8
We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another. On November 10th, we will celebrate the truth that we are members of one another, called together into this one ministry by God. And we will, over time, recognize the truth of the human condition: that is, that we will bring joy to one another, and we will disappoint one other, and we will bless one another, and we will each fail one another. But, in both joys and failures, we are members of one another, through the grace of God that has called us to this new day.
Thank you for welcoming me into this holy place, where we are members of one another. May we continue to be trusting in times of hardship, joyful in times of celebration, grateful in times of abundance, compassionate in times of suffering, and loving throughout all the changes and chances of this one life we have been given by God.
With love and gratitude,