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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 children, once we start school, summer means one thing: vacation! From its Old French and Latin roots, vacation means freedom from obligations, leisure, or release from some activity, duty or occupation. For many, the freedom of summer vacations is anything but a time of leisure. New obligations or pressures often replace those of our normal routines and commitments.

In the Gospels, Jesus and the disciples never take a vacation. Nonetheless, Jesus was a proponent of Sabbath time for rest, retreats, solitude, and respite from the demands of discipleship to pray. As a friend of mine often cautions: “It’s a bad idea to try to improve upon Jesus’ life.”

For me, Mary Oliver's poem, The Summer Day, serves as an invitation to engage in vacation of the Sabbath-kind.