Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


Clergy Corner

A Note From Our Rector

  • The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
  • Jul 11, 2018
  • Category: General
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“Oh bless the Lord my soul
His mercies bear in mind
Forget not all His benefits
The Lord to thee is kind”

Some know these words as Martin Luther’s translation of Psalm 103, some may recall them as Hymn 411 in the 1982 hymnal, and another group may recognize a more upbeat format in the musical Godspell. I am a church nerd and a musical theater lover so I know it as all three. Variations of the psalm, the hymn, and the musical have been floating through my head these last two weeks. Forget not all His benefits, the Lord to thee is kind. My family and I could sing these quite easily right now.

I was delighted to be called as the 8th Rector of Holy Innocents. My wife and family were excited and nervous about all the work of packing, moving, transition, and change. Now that we are here, we are experiencing the blessings of God on more levels than we can count. We have found a loving, welcoming community in HI- both church and school. We can scarcely count the number of people who have reached out to help and welcome and engage with us. The staff is incredibly skilled and generous. There is plenty of work to do, but with laughter and God’s help, we are all finding ways to celebrate and grow.

I am sure there will be many challenges ahead and ups and downs are part of a faithful life in any church. For now, I am going to count my blessings of landing in a gifted, generous, loving parish; the joys of working with a talented, joyful, hard-working staff; and the excitement of new beginnings, resurrection, and hope in Christ. The Lord has been so very kind to us through the good people of Holy Innocents. Thank you!

The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray

Comments (2)

Anita Pirkle on Jul 13, 2018 1:22pm

We welcome you with open arms and wish the very best for you and your family

Mary D. Newsome on Jul 20, 2018 6:43pm

We are all so very happy that you are here! I think you will find Holy Innocents to be a wonderful experience for your and your entire family! Welcome!