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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."


  • October 04, 2019 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I don’t know about you but on Monday morning I hit the ground running, demands come from many directions, and it is sometimes difficult to carve out time to do the things that are really important. I am committed to attending the 7:30am Wednesday morning service. If my memory is correct, Epiphany had a 7:00am Wednesday morning service during Lent and Advent, which I started attending once my children were old enough to get out the door in the morning on their own. At some point and after some discussion, the time got changed to 7:30 am which was a bonus for me, that extra 30 minutes in the morning is a blessing. Currently, we have a Wednesday morning service at 7:30am every Wednesday during our program year. We are a small but faithful group, the service is in the beautifully refreshed chapel, and the service lasts only 30 to 35 minutes, if the 8:00am tower bells ring prior to the closing prayer, the preacher has exceeded the allotted time. After the service, we gather in Hadley Hall for fellowship, coffee, and a hot breakfast; it is a wonderful way to start the day. Having a mid-week service is something I really value, it is like pushing the pause button in the middle of the week and gives me a chance to reflect on the past two days of the week and the remaining days coming up. Have my interactions with others been as positive as possible, are there people in my life who need special attention, are there things that I have left undone that can be done in the next couple of days? All things to reflect upon even before we get to the homily! Often the preachers at the 7:30 am service are parishioners, the rota includes Mary Street, Jason Kinchen, Gayle Pershouse, Fred Rowland, Scott Street, as well as Miriam; soon Sarah our Interim Rector will be added to the rota. All are fine preachers each with their own style, I am particularly interested when the preacher weaves the scriptures into the life of the saint (or lesser saint) who is celebrated on that particular Wednesday.

    As you know, depending upon our Lectionary, the life of a saint or a lesser known saint is celebrated each day. Our own General Convention determines what women and men are commended in two books, Lesser Feasts and Fasts and the newer, A Great Cloud of Witnesses. I am inspired to learn about the ancient saints such as St Brigid of Kildare or a more modern person such as Dag Hammarskjold, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, or Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Their lives and good works help me to see how an everyday person can make a difference in the lives of many.

    Please join us on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 am for new friends, a hot breakfast, as well as inspirational preaching, and tomorrow maybe we will learn about locally educated social activist Vida Dutton Scudder.

    Faithfully,



    Faithfully,


  • September 27, 2019 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Parish,

    On Saturday, 21 September your Vestry and Search Committee gathered together for a retreat in the Parish's Chapel. The Vestry invited the Search Committee to join them for fellowship and formation and to discuss how to best support the Search Committee in its work moving forward. We can’t express enough how much this gesture from the Vestry means to our committee. The search process for a new Rector can feel quite daunting but we remain grounded by keeping the Holy Spirit and the needs and wants of the broader Parish at the center of our work.

    On Rally Day, we had the opportunity to share our initial timeline for the search process. The first phase of the process, commonly referred to as “Self-Study,” involves engaging the entire Parish community to answer the following questions:

    • Who are we as a Parish today?
    • What do we want the future to look like?
    • What qualities and characteristics do we want in the next Rector?

    We will be discussing these questions at the small group meetings on September 22nd, 29th, and October 13th. Our hope is that as many members of the Parish as possible can attend these sessions. We will also be conducting additional discussions with various stakeholder groups across the Parish, including, but not limited to youth groups, our senior members, various committees, and parents of young children, etc. Hard copies of these questions are available on the Parish website and in the Narthex (front entrance) of the Parish for your review.

    All of these discussions will serve as input into the creation of our Parish Profile, which for many prospective candidates will be their first exposure to the Parish of the Epiphany. Understanding who we are and where we want to go, along with the desired qualities of a new Rector will also guide our approach to future candidate review and selection.

    We plan to complete the Parish Profile and post the job role by the end of October. The window for receiving applicants will likely close by year-end. As we enter 2020, we will begin the interview process, which will include three rounds of interviews, culminating in the selection of the next Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany to align with the start of the next program year. While our timeline is ambitious, it is also subject to change. Finding the best fit in a new Rector for the Parish is more important than any timeline and if we determine we need more time to properly complete our search, we will pivot accordingly.

    Along this journey, we will provide search process updates to the broader Parish through The Three Crowns newsletter, announcements at Sunday services and the Parish website. If you have any additional questions about the process feel free to contact the Search Committee at: rectorsearch@3crowns.org.

    We are both honored to serve the Parish in this important work and humbled by the journey ahead. We ask for your voices and prayers and we commit to listening and serving as ambassadors of the needs of the broader Parish throughout this process.

    Loving and gracious God, we gather as one community to seek your wisdom, guidance, courage, and strength. Be with us in our work and help us to be wise in the decisions we make for the Parish who have placed their trust and confidence in our leadership. Grant us the humility to always seek your will in all that we do and say. All glory be to you, loving God, now and forever. Amen.

    Love in Christ,
    Liz Kinchen and Michael Schrader
    Co-Chairs, Reactor Search Committee



  • September 19, 2019 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The choir started off the season with one of my favorite anthems. It has become a favorite not because of music, although it is a beautiful tune written by British composer Maurice Bevan, but because of the text written by Frederick Faber (1814-1863).

    Frederick Faber was a theologian best known for his hymn writing. He himself had an amazing spiritual journey. His family was of Huguenot descent, and their strict Calvinist beliefs influenced much of Faber’s youth. When he left home to study at Oxford he was exposed to the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement and its popular preacher John Henry Newman. During this time, he struggled to reconcile the beliefs of his youth with this radically divergent form of Christianity.

    In 1839, Farber was ordained in the Church of England and served the community Cambridgeshire. He soon found that there was a strong Methodist presence in his Parish, and many challenged his taking the congregation in a more Roman Catholic direction. So, in 1845 Faber left the Church of England to become a Catholic Priest. He was drawn to the way of life of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, a group of priests and lay brothers with a decentralized authority and greater freedom of life. In 1850, Faber founded a community of the Oratory in London which eventually found its home in Brompton with the building of the Brompton Oratory.

    I have had my own faith journey that has led me from a childhood in the Evangelical Free Church, to the Presbyterian Church and eventually to the Episcopal Church, where I have found a home. I love that as Episcopalians we strive to welcome all who come through our doors. I find it refreshing that we want people to question what we believe, and that we allow ourselves to “agree to disagree” with others in our own congregation. I think that is why I find this hymn text so life giving. It is as relevant today as it was when it was written over 150 years ago. I hope you find it meaningful as well.

    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea;
    There’s a kindness in God’s justice which is more than liberty.
    There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heaven;
    There is no place where earth’s failings have such kindly judgement given.

    For the love of God is broader than the measures of our minds;
    And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.
    But we make God’s love too narrow by false limits of our own;
    And we magnify God’s strictness with a zeal he will not own.

    There is plentiful redemption in the blood that has been shed;
    There is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.
    There is grace enough for thousands of new worlds as great as this;
    There is room for fresh creations in the upper home of bliss.

    If our love were but more simple we should take God at God’s word;

    And our lives would be all gladness in the joy of Christ our Lord.



  • 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   
    re-connected.

    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 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?

    Love



  • 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.


  • April 05, 2019 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beloved Community,

    It’s barely a week since we bid our final farewell to Thomas. We are all now living in that “in between time.” It is a time to grieve, a time to give thanks, and a time to look toward the future with hope and trust in the One “in whom we live, and move, and have our being.”

    I am honored to walk beside you on this next part of the journey. For the next five months or so I will serve as your “Bridge Priest.” The Bridge Priest fills in those in-between times until an Interim Rector is appointed by the Wardens and Vestry. We are blessed to have the Reverend Ran Chase return to assist me during this time. Ran will be here one day during the week and on Sundays. He will help out liturgically and with pastoral visits. Once the Interim Rector arrives, I will return to my role as Associate Rector.

    None of us does this work alone. We have the guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us, direct us, and inspire us during this time of transition. I want to tell you that I do the work of ministry among you with joy and excitement for what God is dreaming for this wonderful Parish. I do this work of ministry with my spouse, Lisa Garcia, at my side. Without her support, love, and encouragement, I could not do all that God has called me to do. I hope if you have not met Lisa yet that you will introduce yourself to her.

    Epiphany is blessed with an incredibly talented, experienced, and dedicated staff. Thomas really helped to form us into a collegial and collaborative team. We work hard, have deep respect for one another, and we know how to laugh and have fun! Thank you Sarah Twiss, Carolyn Hughes, Craig Benner, Suzy Westcott, Brian Curreri, and Fred Benson for your willingness to embrace whatever the future holds.

    Thanks also to Suzanne Owayda and Dave McSweeney, our Wardens. They have taken on so much during this time of transition. I hope you will thank them and every member of the Vestry for their spiritual leadership and for accepting the call to guide this Parish during the search process for our new Rector.

    So many of you have offered help to me, the Wardens, and Vestry during this time of transition. Thank you. I hope you will pray for us, the staff, Wardens, and Vestry every single day. Pray for guidance, inspiration, patience, good humor, and endurance to run the race that lies before us.

    One of my favorite collects from the Book of Common Prayer is for guidance. I leave it with you as we look forward in joyful hope to a future filled with new possibilities, new dreams, and new challenges.

    Loving God, in whom we live and move and have our being:
    We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy
    Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life
    we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever
    walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (p. 57 BCP)

    Faithfully yours in Christ,




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