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March 21: Moment of Grace

posted Mar 15, 2012, 7:40 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 9:58 AM by in apropos ]
I should have known from the beginning that there could never truly be just one Moment of Grace each week.  We are an active parish!  This Interim period feels anything but “interim,” this place feels like a well-settled parish on the move.  That is not to say we don’t have decisions and transitions ahead of us, but it does give me hope that we will fine, no matter what lies ahead.  

We will be fine because of each one of us.  That is why this Moment of Grace celebrates the Moments of Grace that occur each week.  It is the many small but powerful moments that make our community as strong as it is.  Today I raise up the smiles, handshakes, hugs, words, emails, postcards, notes, and phone calls that are given and received each week by the members of our congregation.  Each one of us, I hope, has experienced what I call “the power of Grace.”

Those who know me well know that I have taken on quite a bit at the moment; on top of serving as Senior Warden, I am: teaching full time; taking a graduate class; maintaining a blog (read: writing a lot); and, guiding a child through junior year in high school (think: SATs, APs, college visits and coursework).  I may be busy, but I always know which day it is; the date though…there I am not always so sure!  Here’s a blog post I wrote about such an experience: I go boldly Where No Librarian Has Gone Before.

I can handle all these things because I love doing all of them, but occasionally something throws off the balance.  This is just what happened a few weeks ago.  In the intervening two weeks, I have received kind words, emails, hugs, smiles, phone calls and even a post card (!) all reminding me that I am not alone and that I have the love and support of the people in this congregation.  

We are an incredible community of wonderful individuals.  This strength and graciousness will serve us well in the months to come as we transition from our Interim period into our next stage with a Priest-in-Charge.  We have many reasons to feel good about where we are now and where we are going and they are sitting in the pews each week.

More to come next week!
Jennifer Reed
Senior Warden
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