Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
This passage from the Gospel of St. Matthew seems particularly apt for the congregation of St. John’s during this Lenten season. We began our search for a new Rector last year. For the past ten months, our Rector Search Committee has been diligently working to find “a pastor, priest, and teacher who will boldly proclaim the gospel, faithfully administer the sacraments, and steadfastly serve this parish with love and compassion.” We as members of St. John’s have prayed each Sunday for God’s guidance and support in this quest for the person who will lead us in the next phase of our church’s life.
The teachings of Jesus in these verses remind us that God has been with us throughout this journey. More than that, they comfort us with an assurance that our prayers will be answered. We know that the answer will not be Jesus with an MBA or whatever your model of a perfect Rector for St. John’s may be. But, as we enter the final stages of the lengthy search process, God is telling us to have faith that when we at last knock on the door and issue the call for a new Rector, that door will be opened. Thanks be to God.
Richard Metzger, Senior Warden
Appointed readings for today: Esther 14:1-6, 12-14, Psalm 138, Matthew 7:7-12