Dear Friends in Christ
We have a lot to celebrate in May. The Ascension of Our Lord marks forty days of Resurrection appearances after Easter. Ten days later, the Holy Spirit blows the doors open for Pentecost. And a week after that, we celebrate Trinity Sunday.
May 31st will be our Trinity Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, and parish picnic. It will be mark a new season of summer, a new season of the Spirit. There will be respite for some and new challenges for others – our Sunday School teachers will take a break, and some of our students have expressed an interest in serving in new ways during our summer services.
We will also be marking a chapter ending in the story of our life together.
Peter Douglas arrived at Epiphany just a little ahead of me. By the time I joined the staff, he had already established not only his musical but his liturgical credentials. His faithful service, prayerful preparation, and collegial style played no small part in making my transition into the Sunday life of Epiphany as easy and comfortable as could be.
I have heard and seen from the choir and congregation just how well appreciated Peter’s gifts and friendship have been over the past three year. Of course, we would love to keep him; but we would never want to hold him back! We will celebrate with him as he graduates Baldwin Wallace this month, and plans for his graduate studies to begin at Ball State in Indiana in the Fall.
What comes next for us, musically speaking, has yet to be decided, but the Holy Spirit that blows through not only Pentecost, but Epiphany also, and I look forward with excitement to the next chapter.
But first, we need to get together and give Peter the send-off he deserves, with our prayers, a fine picnic, and our heartfelt gratitude.