August 06, 2017 – Feast of the Transfiguration
Letters Home (from a retired pastor to his family, the Church)
Over the years since I stepped down as rector of St. Peter’s I have experienced a growing need to re-engage with you, the church, in a meaningful way. For me that meant finding a means to discuss and share aspects of the Gospel message with you. I began this blog last fall (2016) as a provisional trial to do just that. I have enjoyed writing these reflections on each week’s Sunday collect. It is my prayer that they have added something to your weeks as well.
Since beginning this online journal, an unexpected blessing has come my way. In May I was invited by the congregation of St. Philip’s in Wrangell to serve them as their part-time vicar. In gratitude for this opportunity, I have accepted their invitation.
Over the last two months I have been balancing my new role as vicar of St. Philip’s, writing this blog, and focusing on my primary semi-retirement goal of spending time with my family. I have become convinced that my time commitments need to be re-balanced. August 6th is the Feast of the Transfiguration, it is also my deceased father’s birthday. It’s a good day for me to think again about family, vocation, and balance.
It is for this reason, re-prioritizing my time, that I write this note to you. At present, this will be my final weekly posting on this blog. There will come times when I feel called to take pen in hand and add occasional writings or reflections to this online journal. If so, those efforts may take a different shape. I do believe that in some way, I will continue to be moved to write and preach the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As always, I will try to rely on the Spirit in directing my efforts.
Until we meet again, thanks for having shared this weekly blog with me.
This Sunday we make our prayer:
The Transfiguration August 6
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP 243)