Tuesday, April 1, 2008

From the bulletin of St. Andrew's, Bukoto

A message from the vicar included the following paragraph:

‘If your pastor’s arms drop from exhaustion, God will judge you, not him because you weren’t there to strengthen him. Take a moment and let that sink in!”

Yeah! Remember that!

This suggests to me a priest who had a truly exhausting Holy Week. I’m not surprised to hear it. St. Andrew’s Bukoto, my neighborhood parish, has four services every Sunday morning, at 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30, and since each one lasts 90 minutes, they go back to back to back without any sort of break. As far as I can tell, the vicar is the only full-time and regular priest, and the 8:30 service I attended—on low Sunday—must have had a minimum of 250 people in the congregation.

Take a moment and let THAT sink in.


qoe said...

(laughing) re: Vicar's message--you are preaching to the choir! Ach, the stories I could tell you from here, if interested, in Holy Week! And you know we will reach out to hold you up... re: attendance--three cheers for the Trinity!

Kirstin said...


I love that quote.