If you have not had a chance to the read the longer letter sent separately, please do that, too. Copies are available in the parish hall. These statements, along with the continued conversation that I hope you will have with your vestry can provide at least some comfort for the anxious among us.
So let me be direct and simple:
- I have accepted the call to serve as Rector. That letter of agreement takes effect July 1, 2016.
- This is a sabbatical. A time designated with a beginning and an end for exactly the things I will be doing. I'll admit it has begun abruptly. The better news is that it has begun. The vestry and I have agreed that it can end as late as September 14th.
- While I am away you will be well served on Sundays by one of my colleagues in ministry. If a pastoral emergency arises Allison and your wardens have the contact information for a priest.
- I will stay connected: you can call or text me on my cell 706-206-0750, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can friend me on FB, you can follow my blog http://oldmiler.blogspot.com, you can read my continuing installments "A few words from the wilderness" in this blog and on our FB page.
- I'll be focusing on my health and looking to develop a trustworthy relationship with a counselor exactly because I want to be my best going forward.
- I am not the expert for this undertaking. I want to listen and to learn from lots of sources professional and personal, private and public.
- I want you to pray for me and to pray with me everyday at noon and 9pm:
O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.