Dear Christ Church,
Ite, missa, est. Last Sunday we concluded the service with these words from an ancient Latin mass; the words mean, “go, you are sent.” This commissioning applies to every member of our parish, every week, having been strengthened by God’s Word and Table. These words apply in a special way to Sarah Smith, right now, as she will soon be sent out to begin service as Associate Rector at Church of the Cross. For those of you who have come to Christ Church in recent years and might not be aware, in 2015 we sent out our own Associate Rector and close to 100 parishioners to plant Church of the Cross in Northeast Austin. This is our kingdom call and privilege, to make disciples, raise up leaders, and start new works of the gospel.
Sarah and her husband, Drew, have been at Christ Church for almost a decade, during which they have both served in numerous volunteer roles and on staff. Sarah spent over three years on our staff before she stepped away as she and Drew approached the birth of their third child (Olive, who joined Isaac and Anna in a trinity of cuteness). During this time Sarah discerned with us a call to ordained ministry, was ordained a deacon in 2018, and will be ordained to the priesthood the evening of Sept. 15th at Christ Church. Mark your calendars and come celebrate with us!
Sarah has served and led in so many ways, whether in volunteer, staff, or ordained capacity; here are some examples: Lay Eucharistic Ministry, Stephen’s Ministry, Hospital visits, Leader of our Youth Ministry, supervised our Children’s Ministry Director, leader of Young Adult Ministry, Lead Catechist for our Youth Confirmation Class, liturgical service as a Deacon, adult Bible study through the Gospel of Mark and, last but not least, preaching. I deeply appreciate Sarah’s love for scripture and her preaching and look forward to having her back in our pulpit as a guest preacher! Sarah and Drew’s last Sunday with us will be August 22nd, with a reception following each service so that you can join me in expressing your gratitude and blessing for the Smiths.
Ite, missa est.
P.S. Parish Retreat is coming: Oct. 29-31. Save the date! And if you missed last Sunday’s Instructed Eucharist, go catch up with this explanation of the powerful meaning of our liturgy.
P.P.S. Please take every precaution for your health and those around you. Here is our most recent update on Sunday worship protocols.