Rector's Warden Report
For the next year or more, I’ll be able to begin my Rector’s Warden Report with the same point: we are living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic, the national and global cry for racial justice, unemployment and the volatile economy have radically changed the world, our country, and the local mission field for The Church of the Good Samaritan.
Reflecting on just one of these change-drivers, Good Sam parishioner Andy Crouch wrote in a recent article entitled, Leading Beyond the Blizzard: Why Every Organization Is Now a Startup, “The novel coronavirus is not just something for leaders to ‘get through’ for a few days or weeks. Instead, we need to treat COVID-19 as an economic and cultural blizzard…a once-in-a-lifetime change that is likely to affect our lives and organizations for years.”
And yet, I believe the opportunity this new reality creates is that the local church is more important than ever. Good Sam has the opportunity to share the Good News and God’s Word, two things that will never change, with a world that is more isolated and needy than ever. “The blizzard” has given the church new relevance.
Because of this the Wardens have been supporting Fr. Richard with robust conversations about what worship and ministry looks like in this new environment. We are thankful for the tremendous effort of the clergy in creating innovative Livestream ministry experiences and continue to support Richard, Ruth and their family in prayer (I invite you to join me in this commitment). At the same time, I am mindful of the extra practical and spiritual burdens of this unique summer and have encouraged Richard to take time for rest and renewal.
Finally, over the past couple of months I’ve been connecting by phone with each Vestry member. These calls have been such an encouragement as I realize what a diverse and committed group of Christ-followers the Vestry is. May God bless us as together we serve him at The Church of the Good Samaritan.