St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, Final Compline, Altar Guild Work Bee and more in the E-Newsletter for March 18, 2018 http://mailchi.mp/eeccc7b716bb/ey7eu7o5mr-1344733
From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
I am not a musician.
I had to come to an awareness of that reality early in life. Any musical skill I have, be it singing, poking around on a piano, or strumming a guitar, has been learned through effort. It does not come naturally.
But I do love music.
When I lived in Texas and was slowly transitioning from the evangelical church of my upbringing to the Episcopal Church, I did a brief stint for several months in a Scotch/Irish Pub Band. My friend Robert, pictured in this photo on the left with the accordion, sang with me in the church choir and they were needing a new guitarist. I joined and played with them for several months in the spring of 2007, right before graduating from seminary.
I was not nearly as good of a guitarist as they truly needed—everyone discovered pretty quickly I have, like, one strum pattern I basically use. But they were kind and gracious… and we had a lot of fun together.
So, I'm really actually looking forward to the St. Patrick's Day party at church this Saturday. The SAVVY Ministry (Seniors Acting Very Very Young) is hosting the event, making it open to the whole parish. It will be a traditional Irish meal and you are invited to bring non-alcoholic drinks, wine, or beer (particularly good Irish beer!) to share.
SAVVY is generously throwing this party as a small fundraiser for my upcoming Renewal Leave. I've been asked to come and sing for my supper. And that I will.
I may not sing perfectly. My guitar skills may not be the best. But I hope you will know as I sing and play, that I do it with deep joy and delight.
Not just because I love music. But also—primarily—because I love you. And your generosity in throwing this event to bless my Renewal Leave means the world to me.
Even if you haven't signed up, you're still welcome to come. There might even be some singing along and pounding on tables, in good Irish fashion…
If you are unable to attend the SAVVY St. Patrick's Day Party & Renewal Leave Fundraiser this Saturday night, you can still make a gift to Father Jared's Renewal Leave Purse online here.
Read more in the E-Newsletter for Sunday, March 18 http://mailchi.mp/eeccc7b716bb/ey7eu7o5mr-1344733
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