From Rev. Jamie, August 2021
In the book of Acts and the Epistles of the Apostle Paul, one can read about how Paul sent followers of Jesus like Titus and Timothy to serve and provide guidance to churches that were going through challenging seasons. Timothy was sent to the church in Corinth, Philippi, and Ephesus. Titus was sent to help the churches in Corinth, Crete, and Rome. These men were tasked with combating heresy, teaching sound doctrine, helping disciples learn to follow the teachings of Jesus, and how to share the Gospel.
I hope and pray that I’ve served St. Peter’s in a similar way through what has been a very challenging season and transition. As my last act as your Rector, I want to share one final bit of pastoral guidance. Prioritize seeking “first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” above the things of this world. You won’t regret it when you stand before your Savior and King.
Of course, Satan will try to prevent you from doing this by keeping us distracted or busy. He will often draw our attention towards pursuing the things of this world–like a more comfortable lifestyle–or after something that seems like a good and worthwhile thing but actually prevents us from accomplishing our calling to help advance the kingdom of our glorious Lord. I implore you not to give in to our enemy’s temptations who wants to see humans suffer his fate versus the one God wants for us and others.
With that said, I want to thank you for allowing me to use my spiritual gifts and talents to serve as your Interim Rector. We’ve been through a lot together the past year. Thanks to the hard work of your vestry, staff, and clergy, you’re ready to receive The Reverend Matthew Rucker as your new Rector. May our Lord bless you and keep you as you seek first his Kingdom in the days ahead.
Grace & Peace, The Rev. Jamie George