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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.

August 26th was National Dog Day. According to the event’s website, this “K9-4th of July” celebration seeks to honor man and woman’s best friend and all canines who provide safety, service, comfort, and companionship. The day also raises awareness of the number of dogs who need to be rescued. (In the interest of providing equal time, National Cat Day will be celebrated on October 29th.)

In the spirit of National Dog Day, I’d like to share one of Herbert Brokering’s Dog Psalms (pp. 12-13):

I trust.
I am dog. I am loyal.
Your trust is in me. You help me grow my trust. More and more we belong to each other. I pledge allegiance to you, as you have to me. When you double your faithfulness to me, I triple mine to you. I lean on you when I cannot stand by myself. When you have need, I will hold you. I am willing to help and to be helped. Your trust grows my loyalty. I depend on your dependability. Trust was planted in me long ago in the womb. Our trust will have no end. I depend on your kindness for a good life. I am dog and I am loyal. I need your faith for my faith.

You have given me your trust. Loyalty is in me. I am yours as you are mine. In a storm, I lean on you and you hold me. You are my anchor; in doubt you are my hope. There is no clear line between us to keep us apart. You surround me and are inside me. You are above and below and beside me. Your faithfulness gives me faith.

Arf arf and blessings,