When new opportunities come our way, I find they can be both exciting and a bit disorienting. Established routines are disrupted. Our priorities change. There are new things to learn. We need help navigating our way around. It can feel like learning to ride a bicycle with wobbly steering, coordinating all the moving parts and struggling to maintain our balance. And yet, I’m proud to say I am now able to navigate from my temporary apartment in Old Town to Grace without using Waze. I memorized the front door code to Grace to get into the building and have a set of church keys. My parish email is up and running. I’ve had several meetings with the staff, met with the Executive Committee and Vestry. Attending Annual Diocesan Convention with the delegates and clergy of Grace was a blessing. I loved gathering to watch the GES Halloween Parade and my first Sunday with you was wonderful. However, getting the flu last week was not part of my plan!
I was disappointed not to be with you in person this past Sunday for worship and for our Coffee and Conversation. However, God willing and health continuing to improve as it is, I will be with you this coming Sunday. I very much look forward to our conversation after 10:30am worship, sharing my thoughts about what it means to be your Priest Locum Tenens and imagining with you what we will be doing together over the next several months.
In the meantime, please know how grateful I am to be on this journey with you. You are an open-hearted, generous, and faithful parish. I see God working through you in mighty ways. And if you haven’t yet put forward your financial pledge for 2024, I hope you will prayerfully consider doing so.