Grace in Transition
- The Rev. Bob Dannals
- May 05, 2017
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There is a breath of spring in the air as I write. Whether this will last without an early interruption of summer heat, I won't guess. But entering into the wonderful array of Easter, Boy Scout Sunday, Youth Sunday, and this week, celebrating the ministry of the Rev. Joshua Case, it is a season full of the resurrected Christ and the blowing of the Spirit -- a festival of grace in transition.
Everything and everyone changes, except for one thing Christians dare to say: the abiding, redeeming love of God revealed in Jesus of Nazareth. Worship schedules shift, seniors graduate and leave home, staff retire, clergy leave for new ministries, and longstanding relationships are re-ordered. Yet, in the midst of a changing environment, we are brought every morning a sense that God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
For five plus years, Joshua Case has brightened the life and lifted the spirits of this parish. Joshua arrived as a vigorous, energetic and creative lay staff leader, bringing important gifts of ministries to and for youth and young adults. He quickly made a significant mark in the life of our parish. In the ensuing years, he was then ordained a deacon and priest, literally in our midst. It was then that Joshua continued to shape his skills as a preacher, teacher, and pastor, giving good energy and vitality of late to our mission and outreach work.
This weekend we bid goodbye to Joshua and his family. He has been called to be the Associate for Children, Youth and Families as Christ Church, Charlotte, a large residential church just out from the city center. This is a wonderful calling for Joshua; he will put to good use the many skills he refined here at Holy Innocents'.
Join us this Sunday, May 7, for Joshua's last worship services with us. He will preach at all the morning services, and we will have a reception for Joshua, Laura, Gav and Geneva at 10am in the Commons. If you'd like to contribute to the purse for Joshua, please send your check to the church marked for this purpose.
At the juncture of any transition we're met by God's grace to receive with gratitude the gifts of God -- and to give them away in larger mission. Holy Innocent's has been the fortunate recipients of many talented clergy, and this parish has also been the giver in sending forth those same clergy to do wonderful ministries elsewhere.
The Rev. Dr. Bob Dannals