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Rector's Message

Rev. Beth FrankThe Rev. Beth Frank is a recent graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  She was ordained a (transitional) deacon in June, 2013, and was ordained to the sacred order of priests on December 6, 2013 - St. Nicholas Day.  She has been appointed by the bishop to serve New Life as Priest-in-Charge.

As many of you know, I have just returned from a wonderful vacation in Italy. The word “vacation” derives from the Latin verb vacare: "to be empty, free, or at leisure." For most of us, taking a vacation involves abandoning our daily routines of including work, school, and activities for something else. The advent of cell phones and email made it difficult to truly escape the daily demands on our attention and energy so that we can recharge and refresh. Thankfully, travelling abroad, my cell phone transforms into a fancy alarm clock, and my IPad into a camera, weather tracker, and source of games.

We can become trapped by the notion that we are too important or have too much work or too many responsibilities to go on vacation. Scripture contains no documentation of Jesus taking a vacation, unless you count his youthful family pilgrimage to Jerusalem. However, we read many accounts of Jesus taking “Sabbath time” when he fled the demands of teaching and healing to find a quiet place to pray. Sabbath time involves anything that refreshes us physically and spiritually. This could be a “stay-cation” of meditation, knitting, jigsaw puzzles, painting, or coloring, or a travel opportunity such as a walk, bicycle ride. If Jesus could squeeze Sabbath time into his busy calendar, I wonder what keeps us from making space in our daily calendars for building our relationships with God.

In observing the Sabbath, one is both giving a gift to God and imitating Him. Lauren F. Winner