Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Search Begins.....

At the Annual Parish Meeting this morning, the Search Committee was introduced.   I am on in an advisory capacity, since I can answer a lot of the questions regarding various things going on in the Church if it is needed.  The Committee has a loooong road ahead, busy one and an important one too. Pictured Back row: Me, Ron, Mark, Jerry (my Dad!), Jean and Patricia.  Front: Ashley, Marlyne.

It should probably take 8 - 12 months or more before we'll have a new priest for Christ Church.  Please pray for our committee and our Church through this transition time... thanks!

Prayers for our Transition & Parish:

O Faithful God, As Your people, we cherish our memories and our history as a sacred inheritance. Guide us in this time of transition with Your wisdom and knowledge.
Strengthen our hearts to say goodbye to what is past and to face the future without fear. Open our hearts to know Your goodness in new ways. Bring us together as one people in Your Holy Spirit.
Help us to stay faithful to Your call, To stand up as a community of faith in this place, To pursue justice and peace for the poor and oppressed, To pray and care for the sick, the lonely and at risk, And by the power of the Holy Spirit to follow the Gospel call "Be not afraid." Amen.

Prayer for Search Commitee:
Almighty and ever-living God, look favorably upon us, the people of Christ Church, Delavan, in this transition as we search for a new rector. We pray for the life of our parish, that we may continue to be guided by Your love and strengthened in our mission to serve You through ministry, fellowship and worship. We pray for the search committee, that their hearts and minds may be open to what Your Spirit is saying. We pray for the priest whose name is known to You, that he/she be open to Your call. Give us Your grace to follow where You lead us, and grant us Your peace.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.

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