Saturday, 11 June 2016

Au revoir to Andrea Taylor a dear colleague at St.. Boniface Church, Siesta Key, FL - sadness and gladness.

I am feeling sad today

I've had a case of the blues today since tomorrow will be the final Sunday for the ministry of the Revd. Andrea (Andi) S. Taylor at St. Boniface Church on Siesta Key, Sarasota FL,

Andi and I knew and liked each other when we served in the Diocese of Massachusetts,she at the Church of the Redeemer in Lexington MA, and I at St.James's Church in Cambridge MA

I could not have been happier when, nine years ago, she was called to be the Associate Rector at St. B's.

Her wise, calm,and astute ministry has been an unmitigated blessing to the parish, especially in some dark and confusing days,

On a personal level Andi and her family have met some of my family members, both here in SRQ  and in my home city of Bristol, U.K.

To know Andi is to like and respect her.  It will take a time to get used to her absence from St.B's pulpit and altar.

Behind the Cloud of sadness is the Sun of gladness.

I am so glad that the Revd. Andrea (Andi) S. Taylor has been called to be the Rector at St. David;s Church in South Yarmouth, MA on Cape Cod.

This is a timely move for Andi, her husband Jonathan, and their sons Noah and Jacob.

It's also a great blessing for the people of St. David's

The Revd Andrea S Taylor as she prepares to preach at  St, Boniface,  Bishop Dabney Smith of the Diocese of South West Florida stands behind her and prays.

The Taylors in Ireland 2015, L - R   older son Noah, younger son Jacob, mother Andi and father Jonathan.

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