I thank God for the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I also thank him for the saving grace and mercy that lead to salvation. That was my thought as I sat in the Appellate Court of Texas. The detail, the building argument upon argument, the precedent upon precedent; the iotas and dots go over and over in my mind straining to decipher all the arguments meant. And when it comes down to the lawsuit, all they meant was the same they had always said. The Episcopal Church stated that the court must rule by deference and thus The Episcopal Church will decide who owns the property and we who are in The Anglican Church of North America argued that neutral principals should be their guiding principal by which the case is decided.
As many of you, maybe I was hoping for something new, something exciting something to sink my teeth into. But alas, my hopes were dashed. But it proved to be a lesson. Anytime we put our hope in anything or person other than God we miss the mark. The grace of God is so much simpler to accept and understand than all the webs we weave whether they be legal, moral or ethical. So now comes the hard part of life. Waiting and praying for a time and perhaps a season. There is no time schedule for an Appellate Court to make their decision.
May is coming in with many activities. We had our Parish Picnic on Sunday May 1st which was a great success.
May 8th is Mother’s Day. This day we will recognize all mothers both living and departed with a special prayer at the conclusion of the Prayers of the People. We will have a little token of appreciation for all women of the parish on this day.
May 15th is the Day of Pentecost. We celebrate the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit that our Lord has sent as his first gift. The Holy Spirit is not only the Third Person of the Trinity of our one God but also the giver of life. One of the manifestations of this life is the Church. This is just one of the many gifts God has given us to aid us in our journey with Him. Don’t miss out!
May 22nd we will thank our Christian Education teachers and honor those graduating from High School. I hope you will join me in thanking each and every one of our teachers for all the ministry they have done this past year. We have had two great teams for our teachers and they did a fantastic job. Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors from High School. As I have heard through the grapevine, a number of you are going to continue to be in Arlington attending UTA. We will miss those going out of town to college or a university but hope it is a wonderful and blessed experience. Don’t forget to take care of your spiritual life as you begin this new journey in Christ.
May 29th we will remember those who died in the service of our Country. They were dedicated men and women whom many of us have known. We thank them for giving the ultimate sacrifice, their lives to protect us and provide for us the freedoms that we have. Never should we take lightly the gift they have so given to us to be caretakers of.
I thank Samantha Childers, Sara Beall and Susie Wheaton for co-leading the Vacation Bible School. Remember there is still plenty of room for volunteers and we will need some items donated to help keep the costs down. The youth have a great time at VBS as well as deepening relationship with the teens and adults of the parish. Help us make this VBS a fruitful time.
Many ask each Sunday how am I doing? At the writing of this article I am doing okay! We will not know anything more than has been told till about mid-May. I will have seen my two doctors and know what course is going to be laid hopefully. Like the judges of the Appellate Court, the medical system has no timeline on which they must give an answer. What you might think is serious is not in their minds. So I continue to keep on moving and resting when I can….That is the best I can do for now. The Parish will know when surgery is schedule and approximately how long I will be recuperating. Thank you for all your concern and prayers. We will hopefully know more soon.
We have a very active May in store for St. Alban’s as I have not mentioned everything that is going on. St. Alban’s is a great place to be; not because of all the things we do. It is special because of the special people. Have a Blessed Mother’s Day; Ascension Day; Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Graduation and Memorial Day. God Bless!