Journeying together 3rd Sunday of Easter 26 April 2020

Vicar’s Reflection: Journeying together. 3rd Sunday of Easter. 26th April 2020,

On Friday 29 November 1985 I was ordained a Deacon by the Right Rev Watson Rosevear in St Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington. A year later I was ordained Priest by Bishop Brian Davis. So began a journey in ministry which I have shared with Jocelyn and our family. During that time, and earlier in Lay ministry roles, we have served in Parishes in Whanganui (2), Lower Hutt, Whakatane, Hawkes Bay (5), and Rotorua. It has been a privilege to share the lives of so many people in their times of deepest sorrow and greatest delight and much in between, including the Messy times. Serving the church in full time ministry is a costly choice personally and for family. Opportunities many take for granted such as weekends away or spontaneous outings or trips are out. The busy schedule of Worship services, Committee & Board meetings, training events, Synods and conferences; and being on constant call for urgent and other pastoral matters, stretches out into the distant future. It is a busy life. Now with retirement, although still a priest and willing to serve the church, some of the other pathways left neglected may be explored. For me this means returning to painting and art, spending more time with family; and travelling around our beautiful country. I take this opportunity to thank everyone in the Parish of St Luke’s for accepting me as your Vicar and supporting me and Jocelyn in the many ventures we have done together. Our hope and prayer is that as you journey on you will know that God is your companion on the way. As the travellers to Emmaus discovered, this is our true communion. May God bless you all.

Alex Czerwonka

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