Dear People of Grace-St. Luke's,
There is an old gospel song my maternal grandmother Faerie, taught me on her piano bench. "Time is filled with swift transition," opens the first verse, a line I have heard sung at numerous church services throughout my life. With this song on my heart, I accepted a call by the Dean and Vestry of Saint John's Cathedral, Denver, as canon for young adults, liturgy, and stewardship.
This development comes at a time of swift transition in the life of Grace-St. Luke's Church, as the search for a new rector continues. As I have said many times before, you are in capable hands. Virginia Rowland, Holley McGehee, and Steven King are as fine a team of parish leaders as I have ever known. Your curate, the Rev. Amy George, is well-prepared and supported to con-tinue her dynamic ministry in your midst. Your staff, composed of a humorous and saintly array of characters remain committed to blessing the parish community with levity, joy, and compe-tence. Most importantly you, the baptized people of God, have one another, a gift of stability that can never be fully appreciated or understood.
My final Sunday at Grace-St. Luke's will be September 10, with my last day in the office being September 14. Until then, I will be saying goodbye to the parish and city that have loved me well, taught me the joy of priesthood, and maintained the rivalry between Memphis and Texas barbecue.
After almost every Eucharist I've celebrated with you, I've told you to become the body of Christ you've just received in bread and wine, a blessing I never take lightly. I hope those words will linger with you and that you will continue to embody the Eucharist in this place, being a community that follows Jesus in being broken and poured out for the life of the whole world.
Please join me in wishing Broderick all our best as he embarks on this new calling for ministry. While his gifts will certainly be missed here, I'm excited to announce that new gifts are just around the corner. The Rev. John Burruss will be expanding his role as Assisting Priest to fulfill some of Broderick's responsibilities. I am very grateful to Bishop Johnson for sharing John with Grace-St. Luke's parish, so that along with the Rev. Taylor Moore and the Rev. Amy George our Sunday experience will continue to feed our spiritual souls. But as we all know, GSL feeds us in many other ways as well.
We not only have great clergy in place, we also are blessed with a tenured staff and many dedicated, loyal lay volunteers that keep our parish running as the warm, welcoming parish we love. Thanks to Richard, we have a great lineup for our Rector's Forums this fall. Our outreach, fellowship, and pastoral care teams are brilliant and focused and continue to deliver so many wonderful touches throughout our parish. Our new Youth Minister, Meredith Day, has great plans for parish youth and has already shared many of her talents with the school and church. Our annual parish retreat is just weeks away, and the list goes on. But most important to share is how your wonderful search committee continues to make great strides. Be sure to mark October 15 on your calendars as the committee will share their progress in our Rector's Forum.
Until then, know your Vestry and I are always just a call or email away.
Virginia Rowland, Senior Warden