Well the seasons are once again changing. Hints of winter are now in the air as we cling to the fading light with Daylight Savings Time going into effect this weekend. I have mixed feelings about this time of year. On the one hand my energy seems to diminish along with the light and I find myself wanting to hibernate with the rest of creation. On the other hand it is a holy time, it is a “thin” time as some would say. As the light grows dim the spaces between transitions become thin – between summer and winter, between the living and the dead, and, for us, between rectors and interim rectors.
The next week Barbara and I, of course, will be here, and then on Monday, November 15th the Reverend Peggy Tuttle will be joining us as our next interim rector. Peggy will be coming to us from St. Martin’s-by-the-Lake in Minnetonka and brings with her much experience from previous interim rector positions. I think you will be impressed by her knowledge and warmed by her presence. It will be a delight to welcome Peggy in our midst in just a little over a week.
Until then St. John’s will be brimming with activity. I hope you will join us this Sunday as we celebrate All Saints Day, the time when we call to remembrance the lives of many who have touched our lives so dearly and who have gone before us. We are also in for a special treat. Gary Gleason, lay member and former Canon to the Ordinary in the diocese, will be preaching our stewardship sermon this year. Pledge cards were made available last Sunday and we hope those will be returned soon as the season rounds off. And to top it off, we will be having two baptisms this Sunday, two precious, twin baby girls. It will truly be a joyous celebration of God’s love – past, present, and yet to come.
Then on next Tuesday, November 9th at 7pm, back by popular demand, Tim Ternes will be at St John’s to present a program on the newest books that have been completed in The Saint John’s Bible project. It is the perfect time in this season of darkness to come and learn more about this ancient art of illumination. We hope to see you there.
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that we, following the good examples of those who have served you here and are now at rest, may at the last enter with them into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Blessings and Peace,