Last Saturday, Bishop Bill visited All Saints’, Attleboro and met with their Standing Committee and Vestry, helping them prepare to write a parish and rector profile for their new rector search. All Saints’ is entering a period of transition as this process begins, and it was to that transition Bishop Bill wanted to speak, especially as they face losing The Rev. Dr. Lance Giuffrida as head rector. He will be stepping down and taking on an emeritus role in the parish, once a new priest is found.
Sunday, Bishop Bill preached and celebrated at a combined 9 AM service, during which he commissioned the new search committee in their task. His message was on 1 Corinthians 13 and the central role that agape, God’s love, plays in Paul’s letters. It was central to his letters, because it was central to his life and the spiritual formation he desired for all Christians.
During big changes in our lives, it’s easy to let fear set in: fear of losing important resources, or fear of losing the love in a community. But this agape is what sustains and maintains the people of God through insecurity and change. It transforms and upholds us, both individually and as a community. 1 Corinthians 13 describes the power of that love, a power unlocked by the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. All Saints’, Attleboro is pressing into that love as they wait for what God has for them in the coming months.
Please keep them in prayer as they move into the search process for a new head rector.