A letter from the Restoration Anglican Church Vestry
Dear Restoration Anglican Church,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior. Just as the church calendar blesses us with its liturgical seasons, churches have historically recognized the need to bless its priests with a season of rest, a sabbatical that is typically enjoyed every seven years. Jed was ordained a priest 16 years ago and he founded Restoration 12 years ago. In that time, he has not yet taken a sabbatical of his own.
Sabbath has always been God’s imperative, integral to the whole and holy life. God commanded the Sabbath for His people. He told the people of Israel to work the land for six years, and in the seventh year, the people were to give the land its rest. In accordance with this divine principle, and in this seventeenth year of Jed’s ordained ministry, he will take a season of rest.
Jed’s sabbatical will begin on Tuesday June 1st and he will be back in church on Sunday, September 4th. During this time, he will seek to listen to our God and deepen his own spiritual life. He also intends to spend valuable time with his family; he appreciates their support of his ministry and looks forward to nurturing his relationships with Stacy, Haley, and Evan. The primary goal of a sabbatical, however, is simply to rest, and it is with that goal in mind that the vestry has encouraged Jed to approach this upcoming season.
Providentially, Jed’s plans for sabbatical have gained the recognition and financial support of an external grant.
- Restoration Anglican has been blessed by the Lilly Endowment with a grant that will allow Jed to participate in the 2020 National Clergy Renewal Program. Restoration is one of 140 congregations across the United States selected to participate in this competitive grant program. Established by the Endowment in 2000, the program’s grants allow Christian congregations to support their pastors with the gift of extended time away from their ministerial duties and responsibilities so that they may engage in reflection and renewal.
- The approach respects the “Sabbath time” concept, offering ministers a carefully considered respite that may include travel, study, rest, prayer, and immersive arts and cultural experiences.
Most importantly, with the help of our vestry, our strong lay leadership, and the competent and capable supply clergy of Restoration, Jed’s responsibilities will be covered for the time he is away from the church. More communication will be coming to you in the months ahead, and the vestry would like to encourage the whole parish to reflect on the discipline of Sabbath, for as Jesus said, Sabbath was made for us; it is a gift to be received.
With the Warmest Regard,
The members of the Restoration Anglican Church Vestry,
Mary Frances Baker
John de la Garza