A New Beginning - The Rev. Eric
It has been said that an ordained person is called to be a gypsy. As with gypsies of old the ordained person has many hellos and goodbyes in their life. The same can be said for each congregation, as it is not just the clergy who are subject to many beginnings and ends. The life of the church and all Her ministries are shared between clergy and laity. For both St. Paul’s and myself this is a beginning and a hello. As with any beginning there is a lot to sort out, a lot to understand, and a lot to discern. What strikes me the most about beginnings is the freshness that permeates all things. What was linear is somehow interrupted, and a break is placed in the trajectory. This break can be easy to miss for it can happen quickly. This is how I entered into St. Paul’s. I slipped into an already long and continuing trajectory. A trajectory full of prayers, hopes, and dreams. I entered into a community which carries with it the holy weigh of its collected memories and histories. I also entered into a community that holds a grace-filled space which is excited about another new beginning. I have many prayers in my head as I begin my life as a clergyman — prayers for self-dedication, prayers for wisdom, prayers for discernment. Above all I carry with me a prayer for each member of this congregation. I pray for creative collaboration, vibrant ministries, and grace in all things. I look forward to this new beginning we are all sharing in.
May God bless you.