THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION
NORTHWOODS, MISSOURI 63121
May 4, 2016
Dear Friends in Christ,
“See, I am making all things new.” This powerful and sweeping assertion was included in the reading from the Book of Revelation several weeks ago. Most of us are familiar with it and the longer passage in which it’s imbedded because of their frequent recitation at funerals. In the midst of loss and grief, they’re intended to remind us of the victory over death won by Jesus Christ and the beauty of the eternal life we will enjoy with God. At its core, “making all things” gives us the hope needed to persevere through the challenges of this life and imagine the opportunities which emerge even from our losses.
During the past month, our Bishop’s Committee and the Vestry of All Saints’ Episcopal Church unanimously voted to begin the process of merging our congregations, with the intention of completing this effort by the end of 2017. An outline of the issues which need to be addressed in this complex organizational transition has been developed, and the lay and clergy leaders of both parishes will soon begin regular meetings to implement it in the months ahead.
While an exciting time for our congregations, the communities we serve and the whole Church, it’s also a time of understandable concern about “the unknown” – those elements of the merger that simply are unpredictable – and the fear of change. The challenge before us is not only to build a new congregation grounded in the history and traditions of both but, as important, to remain open to “making all things new.” What a journey it will be! May God be with us and guide us every step of the way.
Even as we begin this journey, there is much to do.
- We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday, May 5 in the sanctuary at 6:00 P.M.A light supper will follow worship.
- The All Saints’ community and choir will join us for worship on Pentecost Sunday, May 15.The Revs. Michael Dunnington and Canon Joe Chambers will celebrate, The Rev. Deb will assist and I’ll preach.Dinner will be served in the parish hall following the service.PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL WORSHIP TIME: 10:00 A.M.Several important announcements regarding the merger will be made, so I especially want to encourage you to attend.
Blessings in the season of hope.