It is almost certain that in the life of a hundred year old parish, change, and our community’s ability deal with change, is a factor that has marked every moment of joy and sorrow, peace and struggle. Whatever circumstance or situation necessitated change, in this parish there was always a commitment to the Lord and trust in His providential care.
Had we as a parish never wanted to change, we would be simply a museum with nice rituals and icons, rather then a living and vibrant community serving the Lord of Glory, multiplying the many talents that He has bestowed on us.
With our memorial dinner, our parish honours the work and legacy of our founders and loved ones who always sought to serve the “Lord with all their heart, soul and strength” (Deut. 6:5) even if that meant trusting in the Lord, through change.
This trust of the Lord is our community’s inheritance, and His promise that the “gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Mt. 16:18) is our guarantee, if we hold fast, always listening to the Holy Spirit and not the spirit of the age, as our founders and loved ones did.
May the Lord bless those who offer Him their trust in changing circumstances, and may He accept their work as sweet smelling incense. May the memory of our founders and loved ones be eternal.