A Letter From Our New Episcopal Priest, The Reverend George Sherrill:
Dear people of Indian Hill Church,
It is with elation, trepidation, and in remembrance of all that have come before me that I humbly bow before God as your next rector. I ask this in a sense of holy matrimony, and it is my sincere hope and intention for this marriage to remain strong for many years. I come recognizing the marriages are between Jesus and us, you and me, and myself, Stephen and the staff. Sounds old school Mormon does it not?
This is what I covenant with you: I will communicate with a generous spirit. I will support all decisions made by the Vestry/Session. I will endeavor to move the church forward in the light of Christ, and I will not forget the traditions that bind us in the unity of Christ. Our Fathers and mothers, our grandmothers and grandfathers, our sisters and brothers have all trod the same paths into this this hallowed place. Many have been carried out for the penultimate time to sleep in the peaceful acre adjacent. These paths and this sacred ground are the holders of our tradition. If we remain true to these paths our future is boundless. If we stray off the paths of our traditions and make haphazard paths through the grass, the marks we leave for our future generations will be just that; haphazard paths of eroded turf and rocky soil. This is not to imply that the paths of tradition are never in need of repair or rerouting, but this must be done with the care and intentionality entrusted to us by Jesus himself. Jesus told Peter you are my rock upon which I will build my church. This is the rock, this is the Church, and in Christ we move onward to the greater glory of The Kingdom of God.
The cornerstone of my ministry will be formation. Christian formation of all: you, me, youth, young adult middle age and the wise. The continuous formation is lived out in Christ’s commandment to love God and neighbor resulting in going out to all the world to preach and live the Gospel. I hope to accomplish these things with humility, in conjunction with Stephen, and all of you.
I don’t know where the Spirit will lead us, but I believe if we are faithful we will embark upon this journey together, and learn, laugh, and cry as the body of Christ we are intended to be.
Peace and all good,