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Weekly Message

06.21.18

    From our Parish Administrator 

    For everything there is a season.

    Saint George’s has been a part of my life for that last seven years- it’s hard to believe, isn’t it?! You have seen me though many of life’s season. You’ve seen me graduate college, move to my first place, get married; you helped comfort me with the death of my grandmother, and you welcome my first child into the world. We’ve walked many paths together, including our renovation, closing the deficit, fighting injustice, and welcoming the newly born as well as celebrating the lives of the deceased.  

    It’s time, however, for me to take a new path. My life is entering a new season. I will be leaving Saint George’s after next week to become Parish Administrator at Saint David’s Episcopal, in Northwest Washington, D.C. (near Sibley Hospital). This decision comes with great discernment and gratitude for all Saint George’s has afforded my family and I.

    Today I leave you with a reading from Ecclesiastes, one to which I turn when things are changing, to remind me that God is always present and worthy of praise:

    For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

     a time to be born, and a time to die;

    a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

    a time to kill, and a time to heal;

    a time to break down, and a time to build up;

    a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

    a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

    a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

    a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

    a time to seek, and a time to lose;

    a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

    a time to tear, and a time to sew;

    a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

    a time to love, and a time to hate;

    a time for war, and a time for peace. 

    (~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

    Know that I love you all very much and always will.

    Shalom and blessings,

    Joel  +