by the Rev. Christopher Potter, Vicar
As I write this, my beloved colleague in ministry is undergoing a coronary ablation – a consequence of what caused Rev. Karen’s stroke last month and, with faith in the healing power of God and her physicians, what will make it less likely for her to experience another. I am praying for her full recovery, as I know you do. You have also seen the attached (or will see) the note that Rev. Karen writes to you regarding her choice to take her retirement from regular ministry. The people of St. John’s Church will take many opportunities in the future to thank her for her gracious, loving ministry here over the last four years – not the least of which is going to be our celebration and picnic on September 11. Then, we shall celebrate our return after the summer season, and formally express our gratitude for her ministry.
We will continue to receive blessings from Karen in the future, as she has asked to continue to play music on Saturday night for Eucharist (to which I have gladly consented) and to preside and preach occasionally when I cannot be in attendance.
For the immediate future, I intend to fulfill all priestly pastoral and liturgical needs of the parish on my own. Our beloved school is strong and running smoothly and does not require as much of my time as it has over the preceding two years. For pastoral care too, there has been a decrease in demand, joyfully allowing me to be fully present again to the community in good times and during moments of crisis.
I call upon your proven strength – the ministry of all members of St. John’s – to continue the work of the Gospel: healing, making whole, and being present in love to one another and to the larger community.
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We’ll see you at St. John’s this weekend:
• Saturday worship at 5 p.m. in the Chapel; potluck following
• Sunday worship at 10 a.m., in-person and on ZOOM (Sunday’s 8 a.m. service will resume September 18)
• Godly Play and Nursery at 10 a.m.
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We’ll see you at St. John’s!