It is hard to believe, but my time with you is rapidly coming to an end. My last Sunday at St. Luke’s will be May 26th-the first Sunday of summer and of our summer service schedule of two services. It is also Memorial Day weekend and Granville High School’s graduation weekend. In some ways that is fitting. It is a weekend where we look back at the sacrifices other’s have made in giving their life for our country and our freedoms, and it is also about looking forward to new horizons and new chapters in the life of our young people as well as in our parish.
I have been privileged to walk this part of St. Luke’s journey with you. I am a better priest for having been here and I thank you for all you have done in helping me to grow and learn from you. St. Luke’s is a very special place and it will always hold a spot in my heart and in my prayers. If I have said, preached, or done anything that has helped you or help deepen your relationship with God and one another, then I feel privileged to have been used by the Holy Spirit to do so and I am grateful.
St. Luke’s, I believe your best days are ahead of you. You are a tremendously talented and dedicated group of people. Every church has its challenges and this parish is no different. St. Luke’s has everything it needs to succeed and continue growing in grace and faith. The gifts, resources, and love that is here shows me that St. Luke’s future is bright. Of that, I do not doubt.
My parting wish for you all is that you will remain grounded in God’s love, continue to serve in Jesus’ name, and share the Good News with this community and beyond.
God bless you, my friends, and thank you for blessing me.
Your sister and servant in Christ,