I’ve just finished editing the final sermon I will preach at St. Augustine’s for the foreseeable future. For the past three years, I have been blessed to serve with some of the finest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Folks whose commitment to the Lord is strong, and who love others even the first time they meet them, and who happily give of their time, talents, and treasure to further the mission we’ve been given by God. They have raised me from a lowly seminarian in an internship year, nervous and unsure of my ability, and chose to keep me after that year was over to continue forming me. And they’ve helped me to muster up the courage to do things I never thought I could, especially Fr. Kevin Maney who, like a dad, has gotten in my butt more than a couple times to spur me ahead in love to do the work we’ve been given to do. In particular, things that forced me out of my little comfort bubble. This introvert is thankful for that and so much more.St. Augustine’s will always be a part of me, and I will always be a part of them. They are my family, my kin, and I love them dearly. And now we move forward in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ on the opposite side of the city as the new community of St. Nicholas, the child of St. Augustine’s.Thanks, Augustinians. For everything. I love you.
The Sunday service on September 9th began with the blessing of ministries at St. Augustine’s. We asked God’s spirit and grace to come upon us as we serve Him and His children in the coming year. Fr. Kevin reminded our members that typically 20% of church members do the work for all. He encouraged everyone to participate actively in a ministry – supporting an existing effort or creating a new mission. Sunday also brought a farewell to Fr. Terry Gatwood and his wife, Deanna, and boys, as they begin a new ministry, St. Nicholas Anglican, on the west side of Columbus. The Hardins are joining them in this call. Fr. Kevin blessed them in their journey, and St. Augustine’s celebrated this new church plant with a reception after the worship service. Following is a reflection from Fr. Terry about his three years at St. Augustine’s. We will miss our dear friends, but we will connect in various ways in the future as we serve the Lord.