Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Thursday Reflection – 1/29

A Thursday Reflection from Fr. Joe
January 29, 2015

I’m sitting in the empty office again – this time waiting for the blizzard to come. OK I am not going to do another “man proposes and God disposes” winter weather wonderland type of reflection. Nor will I moralize about “Deflategate” – enough already!

I do want to commend the numbers of folks who both attended liturgy Sunday morning and remained for the annual meeting as well as those from St. Paul’s who came back for the meeting. I want to thank so many people who are working so hard to pull this community back from its financial morass. So many adults, teens and young children whose spiritual lives can be fed within the loving embrace of this sacred space.

I also want to challenge everyone. Many folks do much. But they are not the only ones called to ministry. By Holy Baptism we all so are called. Taking on tasks for a parish must never be limited to “the usual suspects” – not if we really mean that we want to grow and flourish. The Lord doesn’t only call the vestry to build up this parish. All are called.

A Thursday Reflection – 1.8

Sby17“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  (Rev. 21:5)  We’re a week into 2015, but I am hoping that you haven’t lost the joy and sense of expectation that a “NEW” year brings.  A parish now begins a new financial year as its stewardship drive has been completed. However, its liturgical year began four weeks prior to Christmas in Advent.  Its “real” life cycle is “mid-year” since, if truth be told, the rhythm of our lives follows the flow of the academic year (from Sept. – June).

We have our Parish Annual Meeting coming up on Sunday, January 25 during and after the 9:30 Holy Eucharist.  A new vestry will be elected and begin to work.  A new budget must be approved.  New plans for spiritual programs for formation and enrichment not only of our youth but for our adults will kick in as well.  So much is on our plate.  Our agenda, you will see, is daunting but fresh.  We have much work ahead of us, but with God’s help and our handiwork, we will make “all things new” not merely a theme but a reality.

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