- Message from The Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy, Interim Pastor
- Baptism Sunday
- ECW - Providence House Speaker
- Upcoming Spring Events
- St. Cecilia's Choir
- Easter Appeal
- Stained Glass Window Tour
- A farewell
It has been six weeks since I came to St. John’s, and I begin by thanking all of you - parishioners, vestry, wardens and staff - for welcoming me. Holy Week is not the easiest time to welcome a new priest, and you have been gracious, patient and kind.
It is good to be part of a parish that is committed to outreach, fellowship and worship. The weekend of May 11 -13 exemplifies all of these: The Men’s Dinner on the 11th, Beyond Our Walls on the 12th, and the celebration of The Reverend Dorothy Greene’s 30th Anniversary of Ordination on the 13th. The 13th is also Episcopal Charities Sunday when parishes throughout the Diocese take up a collection to support the outreach ministry of the Diocese. This year, the offering will be made in honor of Reverend Dorothy. (Details on each of these are found in the newsletter.)
I write to you from the Priests Retreat,, where we “confer, consort and otherwise hobnob” with our fellow wizards. We gather formally in large and small groups for prayer and reflection, and informally to share meals and fellowship. We hear from our Bishops about the Diocese and wider Church, and from one another about our respective ministries. It is encouraging to hear how the Gospel is alive through acts of service, justice and compassion in so many places and in so many ways. We are aware of the challenges we face, especially declining membership and budget deficits. But we also know that, in partnership with the Spirit and working together, we can meet these challenges. So there is concern, but there is also hope. I look forward to sharing with you the news and ideas from my fellow wizards.
I’ll be offering several Adult Education classes before the Summer arrives (assuming that the warm weather actually stays this time). I plan to offer the same class midday and in the evening, so there will be a convenient time for most folks. Stay tuned for topic, date and time.
Finally, please know that I am available to meet with parishioners. I haven’t yet settled into a routine with regular office hours, so for now please call the Parish Office to make an appointment. Please know that you are in my prayers, as I ask to be in yours.
May the light of God
illumine the heart of your soul.
May the flame of Christ
kindle you to love.
May the fire of the Spirit
free you to live
this day, tonight and forever. (J. Philip Newell)
In peace and prayer,
Reverend Gwyneth / Rev. G