On Sunday, September 28, forty-five members of Galveston's Trinity Church gathered for worship at St. George's Church in Texas City. That will be our temporary place of worship until we are able to return to our own in about a month.
Ron Wyatt was present to play the organ, Beth Ebert and Sean Peterson were our acolytes, Mary Hearn Served as Worship Leader, Carl and Judy Schutz were our Eucharistic Ministers, Mike Peterson and Robert Ebert were our ushers, and I was preacher and celebrant.
Following worship, we gathered in the parish hall to talk, listen, and share information about our experiences in the past two weeks. Senior Warden Susan Duif and Junior Warden Robert Ebert brought words of reassurance and encouragement from the vestry. Using newsprint and post-it notes, we made lists of needs, resources, and things for which to be thankful. It was great to be together again as a community of faith, face to face!
During the service I made an announcement that was supposed to have been made at our services on September 14. It is an awkward announcement to make under our present conditions, but you need to know that I am one of five nominees for Bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas. I have sent an email message to the parish containing additional information.
The election is November 22. To learn more about it and meet the other nominees, visit Northwest Texas Nominees.
The election of a bishop, like the election of a rector, is a process of mutual discernment. It is not a perfect process, but those involved with every facet of it are conscientious and seek God's guidance in making decisions that will build up Christ's Church and advance the reign of God. We are grateful and humble about our role in it.
We ask for your prayers and your support. As always, you have ours!