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.
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.