We are delighted to announce that beginning June 1, 2020, the Rev. Jane T. Brady-Close is now our full-time interim rector! Click here to learn more about Mother Jane.
Most of us at St. Andrew’s know Jane as she has been serving us as a Sunday supply priest through the winter and spring of 2019-2020. Jane has touched so many of us with her warmth and compassion, even as she mourned the death of her husband Charlie. The vestry believes God has been at work in bringing us together, and we ask the Spirit’s blessing on our future ministry. -Roland LaScala, Senior Warden
Sermon from Mother Jane for August 9, 2020:
“It is a joy to be here to celebrate the Holy Eucharist – our first service at St. Andrew’s since March 15, when the wardens determined that the safety of the community of St. Andrew’s required that we suspend services for an anticipated two weeks. After spending significant planning time in developing our Love Thy Neighbor dinners over the years, we learned love required something we could not have imagined.
Since then, I’ve been wrestling with various images of what it means to be a follower of Jesus, both going out on a limb for the sake of love and justice and nurturing the center – which is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the great I am, who is also the image in whom we are created. As St. Paul writes “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart.”
In our gospel for last week, we assume that Jesus was grieving after receiving news from the disciples of John the Baptist that their leader had been beheaded in prison. Was Jesus afraid of what would ensue for him with a capricious and cruel leader in this backwater of the Roman Empire? We don’t have evidence of his thoughts, simply “Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there into a boat to a deserted place by himself.” In the parallel story to this one in John’s gospel, we read that Jesus realized that the crowd was about to come and take him by force to make him king. In today’s gospel and in last week’s, we find this pattern or rhythm to Jesus’ life and ministry — getting away in solitude to pray and to refresh and center himself in order to return to the world and immerse himself in his work of healing and teaching and forgiving sins. It’s what we do best when we are truly the church of Christ — engaging in times for prayer, learning, and refreshment, and then going out into the world, ideally fully present and responsive to its needs, or inviting the world to come to us to be fed, to be acknowledged, to be treated with respect…“ This is just the beginning of this week’s sermon! Read the full sermon here: Sermon Pentecost 10 (Proper 14A)