Pastoral Letter November 18, 2018

Apart from love nothing whatever has existed, nor ever will. Its names and actions are many. More numerous still are its distinctive marks; divine and innumerable are its properties. Yet it is one in nature, wholly beyond utterance whether on the part of angels or men or any other creatures, even such as are unknown to us. Reason cannot comprehend it; its glory is inaccessible, its counsels unsearchable. It is eternal because it is beyond time, invisible because thought cannot comprehend it, though it may perceive it. Many are the beauties of this holy Sion not made with hands! He who has begun to see it no longer delights in sensible objects; he ceases to be attached to the glory of this world.

St. Symeon the New Theologian

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

St. Symeon the New Theologian writes of love in the most eloquent of terms. He extorts that all that has ever existed is through love. Love’s marks and properties and too innumerable to comprehend and too indistinguishable to understand. He who abides in love and strives to live in, through and by it…through the love of God, that is, cares less for that which is of this world, and lives for the Kingdom of God.

If you are a person who loves God in this way. Or at least are attempting to serve Him in this way,

And if you have a prayerful love for our Matron St. Anna, and have an awareness of her continual and loving guidance in our lives as individual households, and as a blessed parish,

And if you feel that the love you have for the Lord and His Church can be put to use for His glory,

And if you feel that the gifts and talents that you have been given from above can be put to good use, through dedication, humility, and steadfastness, for the benefit of the people,

And if you feel that you have time to offer, leadership to share, ideas to celebrate, and thoughts to contribute,

And if you recognize that the coming months and years are, indeed, historic and fantastic times in the life of our community, through the efforts to acquire a property for our Church home,

And if you see yourself as part of loving team, void of personal agenda or ambition, but can visualize yourself as accountable before God and Man,

And find yourself with a desire to serve, guide, lead and be lifted up as an Orthodox Christian example as a true servant-leader,

You may want to prayerfully consider running for the Parish Council in the December election.

I quite realize that our email list is more far-reaching than our parish members itself. So it is important that you know the qualifications to run.

So I invite you to contact me, personally, if you are interested. I will also be available, this Sunday, following the divine Services and worship to give you the application.

You can reach me by email, or at 801-824-3987.

Do you want to lead?

Do you want to serve?

Do you want to express your love for Christ, His Church, and our parish?

Prayerfully consider your participation in this capacity.

With Much Love in Christ,

Fr. Anthony