Almighty God, creator of all life, we have been marvelously made and knit together in our mother’s wombs. We thank you for the gift of motherhood. For some of us this gift nurtured us and helped us to grow; taught us patience, understanding and what love meant. For some of us this gift was not nurturing and loving. Help us to be thankful for what our mothers gave us and to forgive that which was lacking in them. May all mothers model the love and understanding of your Divine Son’s mother, Mary. May our Lord Jesus keep them close to him and provide for them as he did for his own mother from the cross. May the Holy Spirit grant them wisdom in mothering and peace in their lives. Amen.
~ Fr. Al Jewson
The results of a computerized survey indicate the perfect minister preaches exactly fifteen minutes. He condemns sins but never upsets anyone. He works from 8:00 AM until midnight and is also a janitor. He makes $50 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car, and gives about $50 weekly to the poor. He is 28 years old and has preached 30 years. He has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all of his time with senior citizens. The perfect minister smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his work. He makes 15 calls daily on congregation families, shut-ins and the hospitalized, and is always in his office when needed.
If your minister does not measure up, simply send this letter to six other churches that are tired of their minister, too. Then bundle up your minister and send him to the church on the top of the list. In one week, you will receive 1,643 ministers and one of them will be perfect. Have faith in this procedure.
One church broke the chain and got its old minister back in less than three weeks....so don't break the chain.
~ Fr. Al Jewson
Rector's Corner posts written by Pastor Rebecca.