Monday, 15 April 2013
More Unwanted Changes
Our dearly loved rector is leaving us in the summer.
This will be for him and his wife another step in his journey through the priesthood in all its splendid variety.
For us, his flock, congregation, teams of volunteers, church employees and all in the community it will be an occasion of sadness and loss.
Not yet two years since we said our goodbyes to a curate who touched many peoples hearts and whose departure is only just about beginning to be accepted and assimilated, we now have to say goodbye again to someone who has become a stable foundation at the centre of this church.
On a personal level I will miss both he and his wife who have become good friends in recent months.
I know this is a normal part of life in the Anglican church, and that for the incumbent in question is a part of his personal path to Christ, but for those of us who seem never to be able to get used to a new regime before it changes again, it is quite difficult to accept.
This is a busy, outgoing and many-faceted church and it takes a particular kind of person to sit at the helm, a position which this particular man has filled very well.
It is months before he will actually depart but the sense of loss is already beginning, along with a tiny, slight tremor of fear as to who might take his place.
Sadly those who will be most affected by this change will have no real say in the choice of replacement.
We can only wait, hope and pray.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 4:35:00 pm