A message from our Seminarian
As the academic year ends, so too does my time as the seminarian at The Falls Church. It has been such a fruitful year for me to learn and serve among you! I am deeply appreciative of the support and encouragement I’ve received from the clergy, staff, and congregation. I’ve seen the image of God in this place, in each of you, and for that I am grateful.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them.” I’ve certainly encountered Jesus in the midst of this community: in the worship we’ve shared, the handshakes and check-ins after services, and the formation, fellowship, and service in which we’ve participated. There is good, holy, generative work being done here. The Christ-centered witness that each of you demonstrates, both in this place and in the wider world, is a testament to the way in which the Holy Spirit is working in and through you to build God’s kingdom a little each day.
This summer I’ll head home to serve a parish full-time, where I’ll further develop skills related to pastoral care, liturgical planning, and preaching. I’ll return for my final year at Virginia Theological Seminary in the fall. God willing and the people consenting, I’ll be ordained a deacon in December and a priest the following summer. Your prayers through my continued formation are much appreciated.
I’ve been blessed to be formed in this place and am thankful for the role each of you played to shape me for priestly ministry. I’ll be praying for the continued good work God is doing in each of you and at The Falls Church.