Well, first of all, congratulations! You have a new priest! I’m so thrilled for you, and Grace Church will be very much in my prayers as you live into this next chapter of ministry with Father Bill.
We talked last week about what a precious time this season of transition is.
Often congregations want to kind of fast forward through the time between priests.
There’s a complex mix of emotions.
There’s grief from losing your previous rector.
There’s uncertainty over how the Spirit is leading the next steps of the church—are we making the right choices?
There’s anticipation but a bit of anxiety as the days tick down before your new priest arrives and joins your ministry.
Will things work out? Have we made the right call?
And that is a challenging set of emotions in normal times.
Add in the additional set of roadblocks that come with facing a transition during coronavirus, and anyone would want to throw their hands up in frustration.Continue reading