In the Book of Leviticus, God instructs the Israelites to let the land rest once every seven years. The wisdom of this commandment lies in the acknowledgement that the design of God's creation includes the need for rest and contemplation. After eight years of joyful ministry at All Saints', I will be taking my first sabbatical this summer, from June 12 to September 4. I plan to use this time to work on my doctoral thesis and spend time with family and friends. I am immensely grateful for this opportunity. At the same time, it will be a chance for renewal within our parish and for the many talented leaders among us to reaffirm their roles in our common life.
Aside from my absence, very little will be different about this summer at All Saints' Church. Fr. Spencer, Fr. Blunt, and Deacon Jennifer will provide able leadership of our Sunday services and will look after the pastoral needs of our congregation, and the office will be open during regular hours. Liturgy and fellowship will be as warm and lively as any summer at All Saints'.
I will generally be out of email and phone contact during the period of the sabbatical; in case of pastoral or other concerns, please be in touch with the clergy or wardens, who will notify me in case of emergency. Even though I will be out of touch, I will, as always, keep our parish in my prayers--and take you with me wherever I go.
I look forward to celebrating the rest of the Easter season with you through our summer BBQ on Pentecost, June 9. We have much to look forward to, including our Abounding in Good Works campaign for the renewal of our downstairs facilities, which is now getting underway. Thank you for your kind wishes, and God bless you all!
In Christ’s love,
The Rev. Steven D. Paulikas
Click here to read more about upcoming events, including a tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens this weekend, our annual BBQ, and to see pictures from last weekend's tea party.