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In Christ’s Peace,
Fr. John Klevence
Upcoming Prayer Service in St. Ann Church
Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity Tuesday, January 22, 6:30PM followed by reception in Delaney Hall (for more information click HERE)
(September 3, 2018 through May 24, 2019)
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The other day, for some reason, I was in a reflective mood. I was taking a stroll down memory lane and reflecting upon a wide variety of time, people, pets, events and experiences. Some of the reflections brought a smile to my face while some brought tears to my eyes. But even the tears were not because of bad things but rather the sadness of things that have gone on; things like family who have gone home to the Lord and whom I can’t just call on the phone or pop in to visit; my different pets, cats and dogs, who were each my favorite in some way and who each brought me such joy.
Memories are so important to us. We can hold fast to many things in the past that gave us true joy and happiness. I was also thinking how the last six and a half years have flown by. It seems that I might have been here for over six weeks but how did six and a half years go by so quickly? As the old saying goes, “time flies when you’re having fun”.
I can’t help but think that after eight years in the seminary there were a lot of things I wasn’t prepared to deal with. I remember seeing a parish budget for the first time and wondering what it meant. I remember in my first Pastorate being told that the toilet in the church bathroom was clogged. Being there only a few weeks, my first thought was I have no idea where a plunger can be found. The things they did not teach us in the seminary!! Anyway, after almost 34 years and 7 different parishes, there is much water under the dam, as they say. As I look hard, I think of so many people, events and places and am so very glad for all of them. All of it is part of the fabric of my life, and I am so grateful to God for them. I am also grateful to God that He put me here at St. Ann in Bethany Beach. What a beautiful spot to both live and minister. I also am most thankful for all of you, each one of you. You do bring joy to my heart. I am so happy that you let Christ’s light shine forth so very brightly in your words and actions. What a joy to live and work with many of God’s holy people.
We are just a short time in the new Year of Grace 2019. I know that the Lord has work for us to do. Let us do it together as one family of faith, hope and love.
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