St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Grosse Pointe Woods
June 6, 2016
Prayer (Reinhold Niebuhr)
O God, who has made us creatures of time, so that every tomorrow is unknown country, and every decision a venture in faith: Grant us, frail children of the day, who are yet blind to the future, to move toward it in the sure confidence of your love, from which neither life nor death can ever separate us. Amen.
Bible Reflection: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.’ Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.’ And the Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.” Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.’ Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, ‘Do you come peaceably?’ He said, ‘Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.’ And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.’ But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one.’ Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these.’ Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here?’ And he said, ‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.’ He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, ‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
Introduction to the Transition Process
- Overview of Process steps (from http://www.edomi.org/edomi/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Reaching-Out-for-What-Lies-Ahead.pdf)
- Step 1 Saying goodbye to the departing priest
- Step 2 Strengthening the community
- Interim Priest or Priest-in-Charge (supply priests until identified)
- Identity, interpersonal relationships, operations
- Budgeting (search process; 3-year budget, clergy compensation)
- Step 3 Discerning God’s plan (in parallel with development process)
- Mutual Ministry Review (Vestry)
- Holy Conversations and survey (Congregation and Vestry)
- Profile Team (Vestry oversees a team that has the skills to create Narrative Parish Profile and Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) Community Portfolio to reflect the true identity of the congregation)
- Step 4 Calling a priest (Search Team matching the priest to the congregation presents candidate to the Vestry)
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a priest for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.