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September 15, 2015, 4:03 PM

From the Rector

Peter Drucker, the man who came up with the idea of management said the four most demanding jobs in the United States are: The President of the United States of America, the President of a University, the CEO of a Hospital, and the Pastor of a Church. I would add one other to the list: those who refinish and refurbish homes.

I am not sure about the job of the University President or the Hospital CEO, but watching television I know that the President of the United States of America and Pastors work tirelessly to serve the people. Those of you who watch HGTV know how Drew and Jonathan make some seemingly impossible things happen under some tight constraints and with some demanding people. 

But in our own way, all of us are challenged by the complexities and the complications of life. We all yearn for rest and relaxation, and if we add the heat and humidity of Florida in the mix, we should find some time to stay inside and flush our kidneys with lots of fresh pure water. And since we will be preaching from the Gospel of Mark this summer, let us all read the book of Mark.

A few weeks ago, Bishop Greg offered some sage advice to the clergy, he advised us to take some time to look after ourselves. He said that no matter how we shape our vocation we are constantly under attack. He was right on target, but I believe if we take our marching orders from Jesus we would not be too distraught when we are attacked. 

In today's gospel, Jesus invites the disciples to a place of rest and relaxation after their first missionary journey, but clearly, we see how not all good intentions go as planned. Jesus invites the disciples to "come away to a deserted place and rest a while" but that is interrupted by the needs of others. That is the call of ministers: that is our vocation, that is what makes our job demanding.

What I asks for Pastors, I ask for each of you, let’s make a deal, go easy this summer before we ratchet it up in the fall.

I am yours, for the building up of God’s kingdom.

Fr. Chris


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