Early in St. Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth he writes, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” That’s a pretty good greeting, all in all, right? But it doesn’t quite capture what I want to say to you all today, so I think I’ll start with slightly different words:
Here we go!
Here we go on the adventure that God has called us all to take.
Here we go on a journey of joy, peace, hope, mercy, justice, and love.
Here we go in word, sacrament, song, silence, prayer, conversation, and holy listening.
I am excited to be joining you in life and ministry and mission, and to be coming at such a wonderful time in the life of Emmanuel. I’m so grateful to Fr. Jim for the work he has done during the interim period, and to Fr. Joe for continuing to guide the parish before my official arrival on Monday. I know the staff has been hard at work through changes and transitions, as have the Vestry and Wardens. It is because of their work, and the work of so many others, that you and I begin this next chapter in such a good way. I hope that you all will thank these folks for their efforts.
As for me, I am coming to you ready to do the work that we have been given to do. My husband, Brook, and I are mostly settled into our house on N. Calvert Street, and have already begun exploring the city. Among my favorite finds so far? A Senegalese restaurant, Nailah’s Kitchen; the delicious lattes at Baby’s on Fire; and the cool house stuff at Nouveau Designs. But more than those fabulous discoveries, I am filled with joy because we have met the most wonderful people in Baltimore, and been blessed with stories of deep faith in Jesus Christ. Even the man at the MVA prayed for me and my new ministry while transferring the title of my car. Truly, the Holy Spirit is at work here in Charm City.
In due time we will come to know one another deeply. We’ll share our stories, our blessings, our burdens, our faith, and our doubts. For now, please know that you are in my prayers and that I ask for yours in return. God is doing a new thing among us, and for that I give thanks and praise.
Here we go!