On Trinity Sunday, I was away from Grace to attend worship at Trinity Church, Concord, for the Rev. Tony Buquor’s last service as rector. Tony hired me straight from seminary in the spring of 2003 to serve as Director of Children’s Ministries. He had only been at Trinity a few months himself, having come from the diocese of South Dakota. Over the next three years and continuing after my own ordination, he was an important mentor to me. He taught me so much about mutual ministry, pastoral care, and preaching with authenticity, and has long been a model of kindness and faithfulness for me.
The marvelous thing about this friendship is that it never ends. We remain connected to each other in Jesus’ love across time and distance, and even in the face of death. Who has formed you in faith, and helped you discern who you are in God? Perhaps you might take the time this week to write them a note, or to give thanks for them in your prayer.
p.s. You'll notice the description of the Episcopal City Mission annual fundraising event on Tuesday, June 14th, further down Grace Today. In the past, this has been a dinner. This year, it includes a worship service and the welcome of ECM's new executive director. Grace is still a sponsor, but we aren't sponsoring a table--because there aren't any! Sign up on your own, and send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org that you are attending, so we can meet up as a group before the service begins.