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June 9, 2016, 11:24 PM

Message from the Rector: A Bittersweet Farewell

Today is indeed bittersweet. I am reminded of the oft-quoted words from Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (Chapter 3, verse 1).

Change is seldom easy for anyone and it is often filled with uncertainty. The Good News is that Christ is always with us. No matter where we go or what we do, we have the certainty of knowing that Christ is with us.

I will remain forever grateful for the eight and one-half years I have been at St. Andrew’s. When I was a senior in seminary, I prayed that I would be called to serve at St. Andrew’s. I am thankful that God answered that prayer. I and my family have been blessed so much more than we could have ever asked or imagined by being here.

As I begin a new journey in my ministry as a priest and servant of Christ, I will forever cherish memories of my time at St. Andrew’s. I will always remember:

-the beautiful children, their smiles and laughter, their energy and enthusiasm, their commitment to be here, and their deepening faith in Jesus

-the countless hours of dedicated service by members of St. Andrew’s, who have served by helping and nurturing our children and sent them to summer camps at the Cathedral Domain, Reading Camp, Vacation Bible School, 4H summer programs, and summer programs at the Lyric Theatre

-the commitment of time by members who have provided transportation for members, helped our members in their times of need, provided food for our fellowship, and organized parish events

-the dedication of members in preparing the altar for worship services, managing our financial resources and budgets, and overseeing the maintenance and upgrading of our church property

-the dedication of the members of the Episcopal Church Women, who have faithfully assisted at receptions for funerals, organizing parish picnics, donating much needed resources for The Nest, and assisting with Reading Camp

-the leadership provided by our members who have served on Vestry, the diocesan Executive Council, as deputies to diocesan convention and delegates to General Convention, as members of Vestry, on the boards of Reading Camp and the diocesan Commission on Justice and Peace

-the leadership provided in our community by members who have served on the board of Kentucky Refugee Ministries

-the financial support for the Nest, God’s Pantry, the Hope Center, the Black Church Coalition, United Thank Offering, Episcopal Relief and Development, and ministry in Liberia

-the commitment to welcoming everyone who has entered the doors of St. Andrew’s and treating everyone with great respect and compassion.

Although it is not possible to acknowledge all the faithful contributions made by the members of St. Andrew’s, one thing stands out in my mind. Throughout all that we have done together, we have always respected the dignity of every person and we have recognized the image of God within each person. In other words, we have lived faithfully the baptismal vows to which we have all committed as members of the Episcopal Church.

I thank you for your support, commitment, guidance, and generosity during the past eight and one-half years. I will continue to sing the praises of St. Andrew’s wherever I go and in whatever ministry I undertake in the future.

All of you will remain in my thoughts, heart, and prayers. I wish you every blessing from God as you embark on this next phase of the remarkable legacy of St. Andrew’s and its faithful ministry and mission.

May all that we do be for the Glory of God.

Faithfully, Mother Carol




April 10, 2016, 4:28 PM

From the Rector: Two Prayers

In this third week of the 50-day season of Easter, I would like to offer two prayers you may wish to use in your daily prayer.
Have a blessed week.
Faithfully,
Mother Carol

 

Jesus, our way, our truth, and our life: As the gift of this new day unfolds, open our hearts and minds to you, that we may see you clearly and follow where you lead; to you, risen Savior, we offer praise, now and always. Amen.

 

In the work we do this day, may the risen Christ teach us.
In the challenges we face this day, may the risen Christ guide us.
Through the people we meet this day, may the risen Christ renew us.




February 28, 2016, 12:00 PM

Lenten Message from the Rector

The Book of Common Prayer includes an outline of our Christian faith as Episcopalians (pages 845-862). It is called the “Catechism.” It is organized as a series of questions and answers. For example, “What is sin?” “Sin is the seeking of our will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation.” (p.848) During Lent, we are invited to overcome our sins by prayer, fasting, and works of love. This is reflected in the image on the front page of our bulletin.

During Lent I invite you to undertake a work of love each day. For example, you might call someone who is lonely, write a letter to a friend, visit an elderly person, give a friend your apple at lunch, invite someone over for coffee or lunch, or send a card to a relative who lives in another city or country. I’m sure you each have lots of wonderful ideas of how you might do something each day for someone else that is a work of love.

Faithfully,

Mother Carol

 




February 25, 2016, 7:17 PM

Fairness Rally in Frankfort


The Fairness Rally was in support of statewide legislation to protect LGBT persons from discrimination in Kentucky. It took place at the State Capital in Frankfort on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

The people in the photo from left to right are:
Taylor Whitsell (Trinity Church, Danville), Jon Parker (Good Shepherd Church, Lexington), Jane and JP Brantley (Trinity Church, Danville), and The Rev. Carol Ruthven (St. Andrew's Church, Lexington). 




December 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

From the Rector: Merry Christmas!

The church season that we call Christmas lasts 12 days. During the remaining days of Christmas we can take time to think about what it means to be created as a child of God. God came into the world in the human flesh of the infant Jesus so that we might better understand God's will for our lives. Jesus brings light and renewed life into our lives. We are called to reflect Jesus' light in the world and bring joy and hope to others. I think this is beautifully explained in a wonderful poem by Howard Thurman, "The Work of Christmas":

When the song of the angels is stilled,

when the star in the sky is gone,

when the kings and princes are home,

when the shepherds are back with their flocks,

the work of Christmas begins:

to find the lost,

to heal the broken,

to feed the hungry,

to release the prisoner,

to rebuild the nations,

to bring peace among the people,

to make music in the heart.

Christmas doesn't end when the gifts and decorations are put away. Christmas continues as we work to reflect the light of Christ Jesus in our world. May you be blessed as you go into the world to reflect the light of Christ Jesus and be a blessing to others.

Faithfully,

Mother Carol

 


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