As most of us know, Grace Church is in a time of interim ministry. What that means is that Margaret, our priest, is officially an interim priest rather than a "rector". (The word "rector" has a fascinating history, but in the American Episcopal Church it's simply a priest elected by a parish with the consent of the bishop to lead that parish for an open-ended period of time.)In discerning God's will for our future, what does Grace Church do next? One immediate next step involves you. Your vestry asks everyone to participate in information gathering sessions titled "What Is Grace Looking For In A Rector?"
These sessions will be carefully led to ensure that everyone's thoughts are fully heard, for the building up of the Body of Christ at Grace. Next week your wardens will email a set of questions to the whole parish so we can have some time to be thoughtful in advance.
"What if I can't make one of these meetings?" We'll follow up with an invitation to email the wardens and vestry if you have thoughts that you weren't able to share in person. We'll also put a very simple form on the website, gracenewton.org, where you can leave your thoughts.I hope to see as many of you as possible at either meeting. Until then please, continue to pray for Grace to be a place of service to everyone in need, please hold each other up with care, and take confidence in the Easter message every day.