January 5, 2019: Auld Lang Syne By Father Jadon

By Father Jadon

Every New Year’s Eve as clocks strike twelve the melancholy melody of “Auld Lang Syne” can be heard echoing from celebration to celebration, posing an age-old rhetorical question about whether or not old times should be forgotten as new thresholds are crossed. As its lyrics unfold, the song gently calls us to embrace what’s ahead without forgetting the long-standing friendships of the past, offering equal helpings of forward momentum and heartening nostalgia.

In the spirit of Auld Lang Syne, we must now say a fond farewell to one of our assisting priests, Father Christopher Worthley, who has faithfully served All Souls for twelve years and has been called now, in consultation with our bishop, to Christ Church Rockville to assist Lisa Zaina, a priest with roots here at All Souls. Christopher will preach with us next Sunday, January 12, before we say farewell on January 19th.

I think the call to move forward is usually a mixed bag of hope and fear, opportunity and loss. Certainly the Christmas good news that we cherish during these twelve days draws the whole range of human emotion around salvation’s threshold as even the most blessed of new beginnings is accompanied by hopes and happenings that seem to conflict. Sometimes I think holy scripture is aptly characterized as the story of God walking with humanity according to a different song lyric . . . “two steps forward, one step back.”  As 2020 dawns, the year ahead is laced with anxiety about the future. It’s palpable. But our call, our challenge as people of faith, is to embrace the hope more than the fear, the opportunity more than the loss, the forward steps more than the backward.

As a church family we have a mixed bag of joys and concerns ahead of us, and 2020 will be a year for us to come together as we chart our path ahead. With three years under my belt as your rector it is time for me/us to do some candid reprioritizing together. Over these next few months your vestry is engaging questions about our finances and strategic planning and working first to understand and then broadly share a wealth of learnings from our Holy Cow assessment as we gather honestly around areas of our life as a church family that need attention. But one thing is certain, God's guiding light shines for us as steadfastly as the “three kings.” Like them, we must look up, and out, and ahead.

Last Published: January 2, 2020 5:32 PM
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