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St. Brigit Community in Transition

August 19, 2019
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11


Please pray the following Prayer for Transition of Clergy Leadership as part of your daily devotions:

"Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on your Church and so guide the minds of those who shall choose an Interim Priest and a Vicar for this congregation that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen"

THREE RULES FOR PRAYER (Barclay, The Gospel of Mark and Fr. James Ragsdale, Retired Episcopal Priest)

1)    It must be the prayer of faith. First, we should be willing to take our problems to God. Second, it involves that we should be ready to accept God’s guidance. We are making a prayer of faith when all we want is approval for some action of ours.

2) It must be a prayer of expectation. It must never be a ritual without hope. I think that most people pray on the principle of “they don’t believe in it, but they never throw away a chance.” For people prayer is either a pious ritual or a forlorn hope. It should be a thing of burning expectation. Maybe our trouble is that what we want from God is OUR answer and we do not recognize HIS ANSWER WHEN IT COMES.

3) It must be a prayer of charity. The prayer of a bitter person cannot penetrate the wall of his/her own bitterness. Why? If we are to speak with God there must be some bond between two people who have nothing in common. The principle  of God is LOVE, for He IS LOVE. If the ruling principle of a person’s heart is  bitterness, a barrier has been erected between the person’s self and God. If ever a prayer is to be answered, God must be asked to cleanse the heart from the bitter spirit and put into it the spirit of love. Then the person can speak to God and God can speak in return.

Prayers of Faith, Expectation and Charity ….prayers for St. Brigit Church members and the Bishop’s Committee Community.


Ideally, the Bishop’s Committee Community will meet 24 hours after the interview with a candidate.  This is not a hard and fast rule…it is more important that all of the members interviewing and rating the candidate be available for the discussion but, I believe our BCC will be meeting in that time frame.

There needs to be a formal vote on the candidate by the BCC. If the vote is to go forward with the candidate, the Bishop’s Warden ( Peg Nelson) calls the Diocese. There is a process that is followed at the Diocese which at this writing is in flux. Peg has an appointment with the Bishop prior to the coming interview and will know at that point to whom she is to make the vote known.

In any event, if we go forward with the candidate. the Bishop is the one who  extends the call and talks directly to the candidate. No one from the BCC will talk with the candidate.

The candidate must accept or reject our offer for him/her to become the Vicar.

If the BCC does NOT vote to confirm the candidate, the person is contacted by the Bishop’s Warden (Peg Nelson), thanked for their time and told they will not be under any further consideration. This should be done by a personal contact by the Bishop’s Warden.   The Bishop’s Warden then needs to tell the Bishop why the candidate is not a fit.  At that time, the Bishop will decide to either reopen the search for a Vicar, or open the search for an interim.

If the person is confirmed, when would they be available to begin at St. Brigit?

Some of the timing belongs at the Diocese over which we have no control. It could be a day, it could be several weeks.

The Bishop asks that a candidate transitioning to a new position must inform their current church administration at least 4 weeks prior to leaving. It appears that most priests take at least 4-6 weeks before they enter their new position.

Putting this all together, we should not expect a new Vicar immediately. I know most are anxious about getting a new person. However, it must be the right person for St. Brigit’s and only God knows who is the one for all of us. Please be patient and remember to not ask the BCC members about the candidate or the interview. They are working very hard on your behalf and you would be putting them in a difficult position as they have pledged themselves to confidentiality.

God’s Peace,  Peg Nelson, Bishop’s Warden

This is God's Church and we are in God's hands and that's a really good place to be!
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110 Johnson St., Frederick, CO 80530

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