Called to Care
- The Rev. Bob Dannals
- Feb 06, 2017
- Category: General
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On occasion I conclude meetings with the benediction, "Be careful out there!"
While I'd like to claim that it comes from sacred text, it's actually a phrase from the old television show, "Hill Street Blues." At the end of every morning briefing, Sergeant Jablowski would tell his squad: "Be careful out there!"
Good advice for police and for all people. Hold your child's hand when crossing the street. Call for security personnel as an escort to your car in high-risk areas. Keep your temper in check on I-75. Get your flu shot, take your vitamins and have regular check-ups with your physician and dentist. As the Prayer Book says: "tend the sick, give rest to the weary, soothe the dying and shield the joyous." Be care-full out there.
We are called to care. In the short time I've been at Holy Innocents' Church, what I already know is that caregiving is at the core of our parish's life. In this large and comprehensive church and school community, the people of Holy Innocents' are constantly looking for ways to deepen and expand the pastoral ministries.
The good news to report is when "bad things happen to good people," the loving and healing touch of God is available through the care of many in our parish, often beginning with Melody McNeil and the clergy, but extending out through many, many lay volunteers. And while this care-giving happens naturally and often without formal training, much of our care ministries don't just happen. Our caring purpose is to bring people into the presence of God's care through many hands and hearts.
During the coming year, the Rev. Buddy Crawford will be formulating an increased lay participation, with training, in the pastoral care ministries. We ask that if you have needs or if the parish can respond to a friend or relative, especially if that person is in the hospital, please be in touch with Melody at the receptionist's desk of the parish.
I extend my gratitude and support for the many ways that we are called to care -- both within the parish and in the larger world.