- The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
- Aug 14, 2018
- Category: General
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The earliest name for those who follow Christ was not “Christian.” That term shows up later in scripture in the book of Acts. Those who first followed Jesus of Nazareth understood faith as a journey, a walk on a road towards God. So they called themselves Followers of the Way. In other words, our journey is not about being deeply rooted in one place as much as it is about following Christ wherever he might lead. I am not a person who loves to sit in the same spot so I love this image. I love the idea of faith as a pilgrimage. The best pilgrim route is following God and spending time talking with those who share the journey. As Stevie Ray Vaughn once sang in Life by the Drop, “Up and down that road in our worn out shoes, Talkin' 'bout good things and singin' the blues.”
As I get to know people and learn more about Holy Innocents, I hear all sorts of stories. People talk about what they hope for the future. Folks talk about what they miss from the past. Some mourn losses and hurts from one source or another. Others want to talk about successes and prayers for more to come. All of those are good things to hear and share. Every now and again, someone will ask with a nervous smile, “Are you going to keep Buddy and Lisa?”
The question comes from a very old tradition where the staff were required to submit their resignations when a new Rector arrived. I say a very old tradition because I have worked in the church 20 years and it was an old tradition when I started. I have never been on a staff where that happened. I would not want that to happen when I go somewhere. The staff is often the institutional knowledge and the heart of the community. I need them to help walk with this church.
The short answer to the question is easy, “I want Buddy and Lisa and all of our staff to be here for many years to come.” The longer answer is that I have had a wonderful time meeting and getting to know our staff. They are an outrageously gifted and generous group. I am having a great deal of fun with this team. I pray that we have many years of fruitful ministry together.
As we seek to be Followers of the Way, the folk traveling the road with us can make all the difference. I WANT to walk the road with this staff - and with all of you. I want to talk about the good things God has done and sing a great tune or two. Good ole Stevie Ray summed up that pilgrim way the best for me and how how I feel about this church and her staff, “God it’s good to be here walkin' together, my friend.”