Beloved community of Church of the Common Ground,
"God is here, God is right here with us, and this is holy ground."
Proclaiming these words, together we have entered into worship in snow and rain and heat and joy and sorrow and tired and thankful and open and expectant since November of 2017. I have been humbled by your courage, honored by your entrusting leadership to me, and astounded by the goodness of God among us, as we have journeyed in life and ministry, affirming that God is indeed in our midst on the streets of Atlanta, extending that love and forgiveness offered again and again and again and again and again as we are invited to walk in Christ's love.
We have strived to honor the dignity and worth of every person in our midst, welcoming all, all of the time. In prayers and Bible studies, washing feet, and on retreats, in the midst of theological studies and playful feasts, caroling through the halls of hospice and participating in the life of the Episcopal Diocese, with guests, and interns, and new staff, and old staff, and leadership emerging from every corner of this church, we have shared a glimpse of God's kingdom come among us. And it is because I have so loved bearing witness to you - your resilience, your pain, and your beauty; because I have loved the privilege of serving you; indeed, because I have loved you, it is difficult to share that I have been called to serve elsewhere.
Beginning mid-August, I will be the Rector/Pastor of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Atlanta. I have been called to love them and lead them. And the call to lead St. Martin's is also the call to leave Church of the Common Ground. My last Sunday with you will be August 4th. I will be away June 30-July 20, but will be present in ministry and for holy goodbyes this coming week, and from
July 20-August 4.
We need not worry or despair. God is here. God is right here with us. And, your clergy, Pastor Kenya and Deacon Devadas, remain, along with the presence and support of the many who assist in this ministry, and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, who will facilitate this transition.
Thank you for the gift of sharing in the life of Christ together.