Dear Trinity Parishioners,
As I wrote about in my most recent Herald article, the Christian life is all about discernment. The question “What is God calling me to do or be?” is to be ever present in our minds as we go through our lives and make decisions. This intentional commitment to follow God’s leading is not always easy and sometimes takes us down roads we are not expecting. This is true for us as a parish and for us all as individuals – clergy and lay.
When I felt called to minister with this community as Trinity’s priest, it was a surprise to me. I had always pictured my path as a priest to be that of a chaplain, not as a parish priest. You all have taught me how much I love being a parish priest and for that I am truly grateful. Although it has not always been easy, it has been a joy and a blessing to live this Christian journey with you.
Several months ago, I became aware of an opening for a priest to lead the youth ministry and outreach programs at another congregation in the Diocese. Youth ministry is what led me into ministry work in the first place and has always held a very special place in my heart. Immediately, I felt a pull in my heart toward this position and spent several weeks thinking and praying about it, finally deciding that I needed to apply. After much prayer and discernment, I have decided that God is calling me to this new position.
Although I am saddened to be leaving this community, I am excited about what God still has in store for you. I know that you will continue to be a powerful witness to God’s love in this world. I know that you will continue to meet the needs of the poor and marginalized in your midst. I know that you will continue to seek God’s direction for what comes next in your journey as a church community. I know that following the path the God has for you will lead you to be a stronger church.
My last Sunday with you will be May 9th. Since it is also Mother’s Day, the vestry and I have decided to celebrate our farewell on Sunday May 2nd with a rain date of May 9th. We will gather to pray Morning Prayer together outside in the church parking lot at 10am (which will still be livestreamed) and then have a time to celebrate the joys of our ministry together, to share stories, and say our goodbyes from 11am-1pm.
We will have to maintain all of the necessary safety protocols, so all people will be required to wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing. Unfortunately, this means that physical contact such as hugs, will not be allowed. Even with these restrictions, I am grateful for the opportunity to say goodbye in person. I do know that there are some of you who will be unable to attend in person, for health or other reasons, and I understand and support you in your decision on this matter.
The members of this parish will always hold a special place in my heart, and I thank God and you for the gift of serving you for the last 5 1/2 years.
Yours in Christ,