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July 1, 2018: Farewell From Our Deacon Intern

by Lesley Krauland  


I spent childhood summers with my grandmother on the Rappahannock River in Virginia. We weeded the garden and cut flowers, and made treats and bouquets to bring to homebound neighbors. Standing next to her mixer, I watched simple ingredients become beautiful things to eat. People who needed friendship were delighted by our visits and gifts. I too was transformed, learning from my grandmother to bring joy and comfort to the needy.

When I came to All Souls six months ago, it was Epiphany. Now is the season of Ordinary Time. Although no major feasts take place, we hear significant stories like Jesus’ first miracle, turning water into wine. We are reminded that Jesus transforms our lives when our hearts are open to his way. There is nothing ordinary about that! But this is also a season when schedules change. Even while away from our routines, we remain faithful in our daily prayers for the All Souls church family, the neighborhood, the nation, the world, and the needy nearby or far away.  Births, deaths, illness, hunger, loneliness, injustice, and poverty never take a vacation. 

Through Baptism, every one of us is called to ministry. I have followed a call to the diaconate, and after my ordination I will be working—where, I don’t yet know—to help individuals and parishes follow their call and find ways to serve. All Souls parishioners already live out their baptismal promises in many ways: helping refugees, serving at Christ House, engaging in fellowship with residents at St. Mary’s Court, stuffing backpacks for needy students, exploring partnership with a church in Cuba, rallying for the Poor People’s Campaign… 

I encourage you to discern how God calls you to serve.  Can you commit to a regular time assisting local seniors through Cleveland & Woodley Park Village? Or volunteer to support a cause close to your heart, whether animals or children or the environment? I also encourage you to share your ministry with others. Invite a friend from church to join you, or write about what your experiences have meant to you for the weekly message. You might even begin a new ministry group at All Souls. You’d be amazed at how your ministry truly makes a difference in the lives of others and in your own life too.  As my internship now ends and I leave All Souls, I will faithfully keep you in my prayers and I am eager to see the new ways you are making the love of Christ manifest in the world!  

Last Published: June 28, 2018 1:15 PM
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