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July 8, 2018: Deep and Wide

by Father Jadon

I woke up one morning this week humming a catchy Vacation Bible School song from my childhood in Michigan: “Deep and wide, deep and wide, there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide…” This chorus-only, decidedly cheery version of a staid Salvation Army hymn planted in me, from an early age, the idea that the breadth and depth of God’s love and mercy know no bounds . . . and neither should our pursuit, embrace, or sharing of them.  I remember being drawn to All Souls in large part because of how consistently your messaging communicated a hunger and desire to go both deeper and wider with God, with one another, and with your neighbors.  And, though we are still defining and building out that working ethos, I think we are making good and meaningful progress together.

This Sunday we welcome Mother Diana Gustafson who is joining us for two years as Curate, in partnership with our diocese, to add bandwidth and support to all of our efforts.  Diana brings a breadth of experience, energy, and spiritual depth, and I am excited to have the opportunity to serve with her.  Please help me welcome her to All Souls!


Director of Music Appointment

Music is central to All Souls’ identity and is part of what brought many of you to All Souls. It is an integral part of the breadth and depth of your spiritual experience. During this interim year of musical leadership we have tried new things and new emphases and harvested feedback in formal and informal ways. An interim period is, by design, somewhat different than any norm, and we have learned some important lessons that will inform the foci of our music program in the years to come. In the last two months we have moved through an extensive search, with 18 applicants, in which more than twenty parishioners participated in some way. We have now concluded the search, and I am very happy to announce that Bobby Stubbs, who has served us during the interim, has been selected to continue with us as our Director of Music!  Let us welcome him anew as he transitions and grows from an interim role into an ongoing one. 

During these summer months of ordinary time your church staff and leadership is working hard to support a vision of Christian living and engagement that is ever deepening and ever widening.  The fountain here is truly flowing. 

Last Published: July 5, 2018 2:00 PM
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