Senior Warden ReportPaul Aparicio

 

Mutual Ministry

In the April 6th edition of The Living Church, there was a “highlight bullet” for an article that caught my eye. It said, “The true work of the priest is to build and sustain community.” That is what I see happening and growing here at Grace. We have been blessed with a priest who views his work here as equipping the saints. Because of that, I see our duty in leadership to encourage, assist, and foster that work all while also being beneficiary to becoming equipped as well. Last month’s meeting was a good example of what can happen when we are engaged in mutual ministry. Our time spent together revolved around the spiritual life & growth at Grace. There was a joyfulness and openness in our discussions that was refreshing and invigorating for all present. I, for one, look forward to this being an ongoing occurrence.

In the past month, there has been a lot of activity. There is “new life” that seems to be taking place in addition to Easter and the new Bishop’s Ordination and Consecration. An afternoon filled with music and fellowship thanks to the Gough Duo. Meetings to generate fundraising ideas plus the parish clean up are inspiring individuals to use their gifts in a variety of ways for more than just the “obvious” reasons. Plus, small groups continue to pop up all over the place that are building relationships within the Body. The parish is talking, sharing, and realizing that ministry comes in a number of forms! Praise be to God!

I believe we are at the beginning of “something”…what I’m not sure of but am secure in the knowledge that God is and will reveal His plans for us (though “details” may come in drips and drabs). We must be diligent in our prayers and in being open to whatever is required of each of us. We must remember that we do not go it alone and be willing to ask assistance from one another, including from unexpected or previously unknown sources. We must accept that there may be “bumps in the road” along the way and allow each other a measure of grace. We are at the beginning of “something”.

As we go through this process, we need to be mindful that we are all experiencing a bit of culture change. We are blessed with a parish that responds when it is “asked”. We have seen positive responses time and again when requests are made. Yet our growing in the Spirit will enable parishioners to become secure in their ability to also respond when they “see” and to ask others to join them in doing God’s work. That is our journey, to build each other up in community in order to respond as God reveals His needs to us.

Thank you for all you’ve done to help us get to this place. Thank you for responding to God’s call.

In Him, Bobbi Kraft

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Event Calendar

Live Stream - Solemn Mass
Sun Jun 25 @10:15AM - 11:30AM
Vestry Meeting
Sun Jun 25 @11:45AM -
Parish Breakfast
Tue Jun 27 @ 7:00AM - 08:00AM
Mass - St Peter and St Paul
Thu Jun 29 @ 9:00AM - 09:30PM
Bible Study
Thu Jun 29 @ 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Brat Fry @ Miesfeld's
Sat Jul 01 @12:00AM

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