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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

You'll find here occasional writings, a few rants, and hopefully some insights too, about Christian discipleship, the Episcopal Church, and on faith community's life at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts. At the Epiphany we understand ourselves to be "a welcoming Episcopal community, united in God, called to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to transform the world with love and generosity."

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  • September 13, 2019 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beloved Community,

    Yesterday, we officially began a new Program Year with our annual Rally Day worship service and picnic. There was an energy that was palpable in the sanctuary and in Hadley Hall. Smiles abounded as we greeted each other,young and older, and everyone in between! Newcomers and faithful parishioners who have contributed to the life of this Parish for years gathered and greeted and   

    Epiphany continues to be a vibrant, welcoming community of faith and I know that God has wonderful things in store for us this year! Our Interim Rector, Sarah Conner, will be with us in a few short weeks. She will bring a wealth of wisdom and caring to her position and years of experience as an Interim Rector. It is her calling to walk beside congregations in transition. Her deep listening and pastoral presence, along with her strong leadership skills will guide us as we seek a new Rector.

    All of us, Staff, Vestry, Search Committee, and every parishioner needs to make a commitment to the process and to this program year. We need to be “all in” and ready to say at every turn, “What can I do? How can I help?” That is what it means to be a member of this faith community. There are many, many ways you can help and pitch in. The most important one is that you show up on Sunday mornings. All of us are busy and there are many activities that vie for our time and attention. I hope that in this year of transition you will make Epiphany a priority in your life and the life of your household. Here are some simple things you can do:

    • Come to the Rector Search Committee’s information-gathering sessions that will be on September 22, 29, and October 13 at 11:15. In small groups, the Search Committee will pose various questions about where you think God is calling us as a Parish and what you are hoping for in the leadership of our new Rector. There will be childcare provided each week, as well as activities for elementary age children.
    • Pray for this Parish and for the members of the Search Committee as they meet weekly to accomplish the enormous task of creating a Parish Profile, receiving resumes, and prayerfully discerning the best candidate for the position of Rector.
    • Pray for Suzanne Owayda and Dave McSweeney, our Wardens, who have taken on the lion's share of leadership in this transition year.
    • Step up and volunteer! As we search for a Director of Faith Formation, we need people to help lead Children’s Worship, teach Church School, etc. You do not have to be a parent to help out! If you would like the opportunity to get to know our children and youth and their parents, this is a wonderful opportunity!
    • Connect with people you may not know! Deepening our ties with one another helps to build community.
    • Read your emails from the Parish! We will be sending out important information in the life of the Parish. Staying informed helps you stay connected.
    • Look around you on Sunday. If there is someone you haven’t seen in a while, give them a call or send them an email. Tell them you have missed seeing them in church.

    Together, we can make this a joy-filled, faith-filled year together. Make a commitment to God that you will be a part of this holy adventure in this amazing, blessed, and grace-filled Parish. We need you and God needs you!

    Faithfully yours in Christ,

  • June 07, 2019 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "I am about to do a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
    I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert."        Isaiah 43:19

    Beloved Community,

    We just celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, the ending of the Great Fifty Days of Easter, and the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples and to each one of us. The Spirit was truly present here at Epiphany on Sunday when we baptized seven children and welcomed them into the Household of Faith. Our sanctuary was bedecked with red, yellow, and orange balloons and many of us wore brightly colored clothing. The music and liturgy was uplifting and inspiring as we gave thanks for so many members of the Parish who have served so faithfully during the Program Year.

    Yes, we have much to be grateful for in this time of transition. We are especially grateful for the leadership of our Wardens, Vestry, and Staff who continue to serve so faithfully and with such commitment and integrity. We now have a Search Committee in place and they will begin the holy work of forming themselves into a prayerful community tasked to find our next rector. Each one of them is a person of deep faith and commitment and they love this Parish.

    As these summer months approach, my prayer for all of us is that we will enter into a deeper relationship with Christ, “in whom we live and move and have our being,” and into a deeper relationship with each other. The Search Committee will be contacting each member of the Parish in the fall as they begin to gather information in order to compose our Parish Profile which will be seen by prospective candidates for Rector. What are your deepest desires for this Parish? What do you need from the next Rector in order to continue your journey of faith and inspire others to be ambassadors for Christ? What do you think God is dreaming for this community of faith?

    In order to answer these questions we need time to pray, time to think, time to just BE with God and just listen – listen to that “still small voice” within us to help us discern our future as a Parish. I hope that this summer you will set some time aside, get away from your computer, your phone, and whatever else may distract you and commune with God, whether you are in your garden at home, at the beach, the mountains - wherever it is you go to rest and just be. Breathe in deeply all the love God has for you and know that God is about to do a new thing here at Epiphany.

    Faithfully yours in Christ,

  • May 30, 2019 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    As we approach the end of the program year, the church staff begins to plan Gratitude Sunday, a name we give to the last Sunday before our summer schedule begins. This year it happens to coincide with Pentecost, which we will be celebrating on June 9th. In preparation for this, we set aside time in a staff meeting to talk about people who have given graciously of their time and talent to make all manner of things happen at Epiphany. As we began to talk about it this year, it quickly became apparent just how many people that is. So many in fact, that we decided the we had to limit our thanks to people who help with worship and Sunday School, or risk having a service that would go into the afternoon!

    This spring in particular has been full of activities. We started by saying good-bye and thank you to Thomas and Tom with parties and services. Just a few weeks later, we were celebrating Holy Week and the glory of Easter. Then, in the middle of May, the congregation came together with an outpouring of love and affection for the Wilson and Adams families at the loss of David Wilson and Anne Adams. Throughout all of this, I was reminded that Epiphany is a church family that cares deeply for one another and is always ready to lend a hand. I have worked in several churches over the years, and I want you to know that this is not true in every parish. In fact, I think it is one of the things that makes us unique.

    Of course, I am so grateful to our dedicated choir members who joyfully give up hours of their free time each week to attend rehearsals and sing for Sunday morning services, Evensong, funerals, Lessons and Carols, and Holy Week. But I am equally grateful for the greeters and ushers, the altar guild, the Epiphany visitors, our new Stephen’s ministers, the Sunday School teachers, those who help with our new community gardens, the many people who help with receptions, the office volunteers, the acolytes, those who make prayer shawls, our prayer team, committee and vestry members, our young choristers, those with help with immigration and justice ministries, people who travel to and support El Hogar, folks who support St. Stephen’s, the flower guild, those who deliver flowers, etc., etc., etc.

    One of the things that we often remark about as a staff is how often, when people are asked to do something at Epiphany, they joyfully say yes. I can also tell you that we are all very grateful for all you do. As we move into a new season when we will be welcoming an Interim Rector, and eventually a new Rector, know that your participation and love for this place will be even more important, and that your efforts will help ensure that Epiphany remains a warm, loving, and vital parish.


  • May 24, 2019 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prayers for Memorial Day and Our Time of Transition

    On this Memorial Day, please join me in praying for those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy. As the proud uncle of two fine young men who serve in the military, my prayers extend to all those who are currently serving us as well.

    We give you thanks, O Lord, for all who have died that we may live, for all who endured pain that we might know joy, for all who made sacrifices that we might have plenty, for all who suffered imprisonment that we might know freedom. Turn our deep feeling now into determination, and our determination into deed, that as men and women died for peace, we may live for peace for the sake of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    - Fr. Bryan Owen, based upon a prayer by Leslie D. Weatherhead

    As we wind down our program year, and are about to enter into our summer months, I’d like to share these updates related to our transition.

    Announcing The Reverend Sarah Conner, Interim Priest

    We are excited to share with you that we have appointed The Reverend Sarah Conner as our Interim Priest! Rev. Conner has been a full-time interim minister in the Diocese of Massachusetts for more than fifteen years. She has served a variety of parishes over the years, most recently St. Peter’s in Cambridge and Trinity in Concord. Prior to ordination, she worked for several years in publishing. Sarah lives in Arlington; she is a cradle Episcopalian, and lifelong New Englander.

    Sarah started a well-deserved sabbatical last week, and she will be joining us on October 1, refreshed and ready to serve with us until we call our next rector.

    Search Committee Progress

    We have been making good progress in creating the Search Committee for Epiphany's 11th Rector. Seven parishioners responded directly to our request to submit letters of interest, and another twenty seven were nominated. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working with those who were nominated to determine their interest level. That process was completed yesterday, and there is a vestry meeting dedicated to finalizing the search committee Sunday, 2 June after church. Stay tuned for with a Parish-wide announcement, once we’ve had a chance to follow-up with all of the candidates who have submitted applications.

    Rectory Update

    We are still looking for a tenant to occupy the Rectory at 29 Lakeview Road while it remains empty. Lee Kaukas from our Property Committee has stepped up to help find a tenant and is working closely with Suzanne Owayda on some leads. We’re so thankful to you for the leads that you’ve generated; please keep them coming.

    Finally, I leave us with this prayer for our time of transition, courtesy of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Keller, TX.

    God of love, in this interim time, we pray for our Parish family, that we may be genuine in our self-reflection, tireless in our commitment, patient in our discernment, loving in our communion, open in our search, imaginative about our future, and daring in our faith. As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety, we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love. We thank you for the gifts, talents, and skills with which you have blessed us. We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment. Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another. All this we pray, empowered by the love of Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • May 16, 2019 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have I lived enough?
    Have I loved enough?
    Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?
    Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
    Have I endured loneliness with grace?
    I say this, or perhaps I'm just thinking it. Actually, I probably think too much.
    Then I step out into the garden, where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man, is tending his children, the roses.

                                                                                             A poem by Mary Oliver

    When I was a little girl in Rhode Island, my next door neighbor was Mr. Channing. He was a quiet, gentle man who taught at a private school in Connecticut. He was someone who was very agrarian by nature. Living right next door, my family knew that his family life was difficult so I think, looking back on it, this is why when he was home he would spend most of his time outside with his children, and all of the neighborhood children. We all looked forward to his presence as he joined us in whatever we were doing at the moment. He was a wonderful cheerleader who offered his deep wisdom from the sidelines as we learned to do important things such as how to climb trees properly by shimmying up a branch, how to find clams whilest waist deep in the Barrington River, how to build a fire to cook the clams, how to play badminton, and how to play Monopoly (no one in the neighborhood ever beat him in this even though we tried for many years).

    Another thing he did was to tend a vegetable garden which ran alongside our property line. The first year he did this, I was about 8 or 9 years old. He began in the spring by turning over the soil. I, being just as nosy then as I am now, went outside and stood in my yard watching him. I was so enchanted that I grabbed a shovel and began to till my own garden right alongside his, pretending that I knew what I was doing. It happened to just be a coincidence that my garden was right next to his. As the summer progressed whenever he came out to tend his garden, I would too. He would tell me what he was doing and why, and show me how to do it in my own garden. Now years later, I still remember him being my teacher in all things outside. I learned much from this kind gentleman. Now, I am a parent and I continue to garden when I have time. Unfortunately, the busyness of life did not give time for my girls to learn to love it as I did. I am sad about this as they are teenagers now.

    As I write this article beforehand and if all went as planned and it did not rain, yesterday we celebrated Rogation Sunday. We gathered in the Bishop Woodland garden and blessed the children’s community garden and planted our seedlings and enjoyed strawberry shortcake together. We will spend these next months during the summer tending the garden and waiting until the vegetables can be harvested. Children, parents, grandparents, and friends will join together in Epiphany's back garden on Sunday mornings to enjoy summer punch, to work in the soil, and to share our own stories and wisdom about gardening:.stories about the soil, the sun, and the people whom we met along the way, stories of shared experiences that bind us together. I look forward to hearing all of your stories this summer.


  • May 10, 2019 10:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Easter Greetings! It has been a year since I last wrote an article for Epiphany's weekly newsletter. I am grateful for the chance to again communicate a piece of my heart and spirit with you. As you might remember, my internship at Epiphany concluded last June. Rebecca and I and the three little ones (Luca, Joaquin, and Matias) said our “goodbyes” and “thank yous” at that time, as my formation process for ordination entered a new phase. I am relieved to report that all went well during this past year in regard to the preparations for Holy Orders. Along with nine others, I am set to be ordained a Transitional Deacon on June 1st at the Cathedral. I know that I have been held in prayer by Epiphany throughout the year and particularly during the General Ordination Exam that was given in January. Thank you!

    While it is true that our family has not been around on Sundays save for a few exceptions, Rebecca and I continued to get our Parish fix by accompanying the YPF youth group once a month. Since the fall we have been privileged to experience God’s grace and light in the presence of the Parish’s young people. We have been so impressed with their insights on faith and religion, as well as their willingness to be honest and transparent about telling their own stories. Christian faith makes absolutely no sense without community. The community engendered by the YPF members gives a glimpse into what God hopes for all of humanity: that people find belonging in a place that is safe, caring, and affirming.

    In my humble opinion, the Easter Spirit permeates the very community fostered by our high schoolers. Christ’s Resurrection teaches that the life process is marked by dying and rebirth or loss and renewal. The letting go of self/ego/narcissism is not a defeat, but rather a triumph. What we find on the other side ends up being much greater than what we worried about losing in the first place. The members of YPF demonstrate a profound openness to the Easter Spirit by accepting the ups and downs of life’s journey and by embracing the many transitions that are rapidly occurring at this point in time. In this courageous way, the young people have so much to offer to the entire Parish.

    Easter season and the month of May mean that the program year is winding down. Our involvement with YPF is also set to conclude. Once more, Rebecca and I will soon have to say “goodbye” - this time with joy and gratitude for what the young people at Epiphany have gifted us. May all of us be blessed with such an inquisitive and mature spirit to know the divine not just through our rites and liturgies, but also through healing, trusting, and evolving relationships!

    Paul Shoaf Kozak

  • May 03, 2019 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beloved Community,

    The day before you is a blank page.
    There may be lines on it for coloring,
    but it is for you to color in.
    You can fill it with wonder and gratitude.
    You can make it a picture of love
    in colors of your choosing.
    If you are bearing pain
    it can be a drawing of healing and trust.
    If you are fearful it can bear the lines and colors
    of reaching out and seeking help.
    It can be the shape of courage.
    No one can make you use any color, any shape.
    It is your choice.
    No one is judging what you put on the page.
    There is no right or wrong,
    just something to look at.
    Each moment you sit with the Divine, choosing.
    ~ Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light

    Many years ago when I was serving as Rector of Grace Church in Newton, I had a parishioner who had just had very serious back surgery. I visited with her a couple of days after the surgery. She was home and was adjusting to her limitations. I always had experienced her as a very positive person. She had a grown son who was married and had two beautiful grandchildren. She was still working as a director of an after-school program and was creative and passionate about her vocation and her volunteer work at the church.

    But this surgery knocked her for a loop. She was not used to lying around the house and she grew impatient with her inability to bounce back quickly. After I listened for a good while, I suggested that she begin a gratitude journal. “Each day I want you to write down at least five things that you are grateful for.” I suggested that it could be simple things such as sleeping through the night or giving thanks to God for the skillful surgeon who fixed the discs in her back, or the laughter of her grandchildren. I told her that I would check in with her in a month to see where she was with her gratitude journal.

    Of course, the daily practice of giving thanks to God changed everything. Her attitude became more positive and she became more patient with her body and its ability to heal and she became more patient with herself. And she gave thanks to God. Every single day! And that made all the difference.

    Writing in a journal became a prayer to God. She offered up her pain, her impatience, her inability to move as quickly as she used to. And she began to notice the small and wonderful things around her and gave thanks.

    Whether you write in a journal or paint or sing or cook or simply notice things when you are walking your dog, let it be a prayer of gratitude to God. Let your every breath be a prayer.

    Faithfully yours in Christ,

  • April 26, 2019 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (I Corinthians 16:13-14)

    God is calling to us to look ahead and to embrace brave change. As fewer people turn to the church as a source of solace and strength, more than ever we yearn to know and be known by God and one another. In a world plagued by grievous conflict, injustice, and poverty, God gives us the courage to be agents of reconciliation, justice, and abundance. There will be difficult choices for us as followers of Jesus. It is only through ongoing, prayerful discernment together that we will find a path to a faithful future.                 
    From the Parish Transition Document, Diocese of Massachusetts

    We have been busy! Lent and Easter is always a tricky time for me; I want to embrace the season and keep time for worship and prayer but I find it difficult to keep the demands of a busy life away. This Lent and Easter were more of a challenge because of all that is happening at Epiphany at this particular time. Dave and I collaborated with Miriam to draw up a Letter of Agreement for her time as our Bridge Priest and secured the services of Ran Chase to assist Miriam as an Interim Associate Priest. We also interviewed a candidate as our Interim Priest, introduced the candidate to the Vestry, got Vestry approval, and now will work on a Letter of Agreement. Once we have a Letter of Agreement we will announce our Interim Rector to the Parish. Your treasurers along with your wardens met with Bob Malone a Diocesan Congregational Consultant and had Epiphany's Transition Review. The purpose of this is to make sure our business affairs are in order. We had a very good meeting and once Bob writes his report, we will post it on our website under the Rector Transition tab. Here you can also find a Rector Search Timeline and other important information. In addition Cherie and Alan, your treasurers, have been working hard reviewing our budget to project how a rector search will affect our 2019 and 2020 budgets and what adjustments, if any, may be necessary. All of this has happened during Lent, Holy Week, and through the celebration of Easter.

    Our next challenge is to convene a Search Committee, probably the most important step in a Rector Search. Ultimately, the Search Committee is responsible for recommending one person to the Vestry as the 11th Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany. The Search Committee is the creation of the Vestry and works for and on behalf of the Vestry. According to the Diocesan Guide for Parishes in Transition, it is important to keep in mind that in accordance with the Canons of the Church, only the Vestry can elect the Rector and the Wardens issue a call with the approval of the Bishop. If you would like to serve on the Search Committee, please see the Rector Transition page of our website for more information and the process for applying.

    We are also still actively fundraising for the Together Forever Property Fund. Invitations to special gatherings are on the way to those of who have not had the opportunity to participate in the Together Now or Together Again campaigns, so you can join those who have given already. You will be invited to attend one of three gatherings held on Wednesday 8 May, Thursday 9 May, or Sunday 12 May to learn more about our fundraising for the elevator and other future projects. The ground breaking for the construction of the elevator will happen in early May.

    So when Holy Week arrived, I intentionally put my Warden duties aside and focused on the beautiful Triduum services that Miriam, Craig, Carolyn, Sarah and many others planned for Holy Week. It was wonderful to just be in the moment of each special service that were so moving and some of the best I have experienced in my time at Epiphany.

    With all the activity swirling around, it is easy to lose sight of what is most important in our life together: the Parish of the Epiphany is not just one person or one leader but a whole host of people working together furthering God’s kingdom here on earth. We do that beautifully and will continue to do that as we welcome new people into our community. Not only did we baptize three new babies yesterday, but on 4 May 2019, six adult members will be either received or confirmed into the Episcopal Church. Please congratulate and welcome them as we continue to welcome all who find their way to our doors.

    In Peace,

    Suzanne Owayda, Warden

  • April 18, 2019 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Early on the first day of the week, while it was still
    dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.                                        John 20: 1 (NRSV)

    I subscribe to a daily email from Grow Christians which is an Episcopal website for a community of disciples practicing faith at home. I would like to say that I read it every day but I don’t. I am too busy. But when I feel I need inspiration I do read it and strangely, more often than not when I click on the article of the day, it is one written by my friend the Reverend Kit Lonergan who is a mother and also the Rector at St. James, Groveland, MA. I worked with her for three years when I was on staff at Christ Church, Andover. She is fun to work with, extremely creative and a wonderful preacher and writer. In her reflections, she merges Scripture and Jesus into her everyday life, often in a hilarious and quirky way. So recently when I felt a loss in my life and looked for comfort, I happened to yet again click on another article from Kit titled a Lenten swimming lesson. The gist of her reflection was that her five-year-old daughter was having a meltdown because she did not want to go to her swimming lesson. When Kit got down to the cause of the meltdown, she realized that her daughter was afraid to put her face in the water. So in her Kit-way, Kit decided that as her Lenten discipline, she would sign herself up for adult swimming lessons. Needless to say, her reflections on her experience were both hilarious and profound as she began to understand her daughter’s fears and recognized how hard and scary it is to be a beginner. Kit is a wonderful mother and is very courageous to jump into a pool during the winter months. I am grateful to Kit because I got to feel what that is like through her writing. Most importantly, if I had to write about being a beginner, I would probably reflect upon being in a beginner’s upholstery class and my storytelling wouldn’t have been as humorous.

    So after reading her article, I reflected on my own experiences. Once I am no longer a beginner, it gives me confidence, a new perspective, and sometimes a useful skill. It also occurs to me, and perhaps to you, that as I get older many of my beginner moments come on the heels of a loss. Then it is not necessary that I learn to do something new, I have to learn how to live in a new way. So whenever I become a beginner again, which seems more and more often now, it takes me a while to accept that I am a beginner – I cling onto my old way of being as I grieve; sometimes it takes me a while to find an instructor – I search for moments of grace and guidance; sometimes I am impatient to move on – I learn that I am in control of very little and have to learn to trust the process. This is scary and yet transforming.

    As we enter into this Eastertide season of seven Sundays, I think of Mary Magdalene coming to the empty tomb on that first Easter Sunday, carrying the burden of the loss of her dear friend. She came to anoint and prepare Him for burial, discovered He was no longer there and then meets Him in a new way. Mary Magdalene became a beginner that Easter morning; her whole life changed and she had to learn a new way of being. Easter is a season of the Church when we are all beginners and we learn how to live in this new beginning together. Transforming ourselves by grieving our old selves and then preparing to move forward to welcome our new selves. In our liturgy, the day we welcome our new selves is Pentecost, 50 days after the Feast of Easter, which will be on June 9th this year. This is the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples and we are transformed from being beginners into becoming the Body of Christ on earth, the Church. I look forward to spending the seven Sundays of Eastertide together with you in this community of beginners!

    May you face whatever beginnings come into your life and know that you are not alone, we, your Church community are here to walk with you.

    I wonder where in your life right now you feel that you are a beginner?


  • April 12, 2019 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I have always thought of Holy Week as a journey. It is something that is best experienced over time. I am grateful that we have that time, an entire week, to think about what is happening and to feel the extreme emotional highs and lows. Even though I know the story well, I find that each year is a different journey depending on what is happening in my own life and in the world around me. This year is no exception.

    Most years, I seem to focus on what is happening to Jesus. How would it feel to be celebrated as you come into Jerusalem, and then be mocked, derided, and eventually killed just a few days later? The resurrection was incredibly joyous, but Jesus’ interactions with his closest friends seem different afterward. Why?

    This year, as I was preparing music for Holy Week, I found myself thinking more about Jesus’ disciples. What were the Apostles feeling as the week’s events unfolded? How did they deal with losing a leader and friend for whom they had given up everything to follow? How did they manage their emotions which must have been overwhelming?

    I’m sure you already see why my thoughts were heading in the direction of the Apostles. I completely understand that what Jesus’ followers went through was much more gut-wrenching and world-changing than anything we, at the Parish of the Epiphany, are experiencing. But the more I thought about their journey, the more I saw similarities in our own. There is no doubt that we are all on a journey together this year, and it is important that we take some time to reflect on all that is happening around us. Our journey also comes with extreme emotional highs and lows. We have all shared a sense of pride that Thomas felt called and was elected to be the Bishop of Maine. Soon we will be able to celebrate his consecration. Of course, we have also shed many tears because Thomas will no longer be with us as our leader. We know that while we will still have a relationship with Thomas, that relationship will be changed. There is a noticeable sense of loss.

    The best part is that there is much good news. There was certainly good news for Jesus’ disciples that Easter Day, for it was not the end of something as they had feared, but only the beginning. As we continue our journey through the church year, we will be reminded even the miracle of Easter is not the end of the story. Jesus eventually leaves his followers and sends them a new guide in the form of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

    This is good news for all of us today as well. We know that the Holy Spirit will be working through all of us as we begin to talk about our hopes and dreams for a new leader at Epiphany. We can also be comforted to know that the Holy Spirit will be working through Miriam, Ran, and our soon to be named interim who will walk with us and guide us. None of us can predict what the next year will bring. But as we journey through Holy Week, Pentecost, and this year of exploration, I pray that we will all be open to experiencing the exciting things that God has in store for each of us.

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