Dear Parishioners and Friends of Grace-Saint Luke’s,
The bishop of Colorado, Robert O'Neill, and the vestry of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver have called me to be their dean and rector. I am humbled by this call, but I am sad to know that I will leave a place and people I deeply love. I will continue to work at Grace-Saint Luke’s through May 26 before moving with my family to Denver and beginning work there in July. My last Sunday at GSL will be May 21.
Saint John’s is the cathedral for a diocese that covers the entire state of Colorado. As the dean, I will be stretched in new ways that are exciting and challenging. Saint John’s is also a large parish like ours, which excites me, too.
For seven years, I have cherished being the rector of Grace-St. Luke’s Church and School. I have loved telling you, in words and actions, that “you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism, and marked as Christ’s own forever.” I have been moved by your stories and delighted by your sense of humor. I have so enjoyed praying with the children of the school and giving communion to the little ones at the altar rail. And to my eyes, the increasing diversity of the church is a glimpse of heaven. My whole family has also found its spiritual home at Grace-Saint Luke’s, and it is impossible to put into words how much that means to all four of us.
Our parish is so much more than the rector or any one person, of course. I have said before that the rector is not exactly “in charge” of the sheep at GSL. Our wardens, Virginia Rowland and Holley McGehee, are wise and wonderful. Our bishop, Don Johnson, has great affection for the parish, as does our ever-prepared canon to the ordinary, Chip Davis. All of them will take very good care of GSL, and you will hear more from them in the coming weeks and months about this transition. Our two priests, Broderick and Amy, are wise, very present, and loving, and the entire staff is dynamic. With God’s help and with all of these people at the helm, our nave will continue to sail in the right direction, with Spirit’s wind at the back.
In the meantime, please keep me, Katherine, Adaline, and Evans in your prayers, and know that you are in mine.
The Reverend Richard Lawson