A very special personal message from Tim

Oh, how I wish I were talking with you face to face rather than sending you a letter!
I would much prefer the opportunity to share a warm hug and smile with you. I’d like to hear your questions, concerns and good cheer. I had planned to speak with you in person last Sunday. But, as frustrating as it is, these times won’t permit us to meet as a community for several more weeks, and I cannot further delay making this announcement.
As many of you know, my next birthday will be my 70th. James and I have (understandably) been thinking for many months about retirement plans. I love you, and it remains an enormous privilege to serve at St. Alban’s, so this has been a surprisingly long, prayerful and deep discernment.
I am now able to let you know that I will be retiring from St. Alban’s this summer. I’d planned to make this announcement in 2019 but waited for six months–and I’m so glad I did, as these last months have been so fruitful.
Please know that I’ve chosen to begin this new chapter with a tremendous amount of care, and in close consultation with Bishops Steve Lane and Thomas Brown, as well as our current Wardens Christopher Pezzullo and Maryann Sedlack, and Treasurer Doug Jones and our recent Senior Wardens Sara Merrill and Peg Keyser. More recently, I’ve brought the Vestry and staff into my planning. Everyone has been loving and supportive. James has been a brilliant, loving husband and counsellor.
St. Alban’s is a vital place. I’ve enjoyed nearly a decade of joy here as your rector. Nothing in my life has been more rewarding, heart-filling or important. God has been at work with us here, and I am fully aware that this work is not finished. I pray this will always be true! I am so very proud and delighted at all we have done and are doing together. There is not a parish I know with greater love or a more creative, energetic expression of that love.
I am confident that when I depart there will be many more vibrant seasons ahead for this good place. Together we have made wonderful plans for the future and pledged the resources to see them through. I will keep up my excitement as you refine those plans and deploy our mutual resources toward God’s good purposes!
I appreciate that this is a challenging time, with a new virus causing profound disruption and anxiety. I pray my announcement does not add to any sense of unease. I hope you can take comfort in the knowledge that departures are part of the natural course of our community life…Despite our beloved Audrey Delafield’s comments to the contrary, change is good! I will be working with and for you night and day through and beyond the peak of this troubled time. As Ecclesiastes reminds us, this may be a time to refrain from embracing, but there will indeed be a time to embrace once again! In the interim, we will remain in each other’s enduring prayers.
Part of the planning that goes into any rector’s retirement is already under way, led by Bishop Brown and our Wardens. And to explain more about transition, timing and next steps, Canon Michael Ambler of the Diocese of Maine will speak and listen to you this Sunday via the internet. He will explain how you will call a new rector, discuss the procedures to follow in the interim, and ask for your engagement and continual prayers for St. Alban’s. More details on how to log in to Michael’s words will be sent by the Wardens on Friday.
Retirement will be an exciting new challenge for me. I have had a job since I was 11 years old! James and I plan to summer at our cottage in Brooklin, Maine, and — when it is safe to travel again — spend several years abroad. I can imagine offering myself as a volunteer priest in various settings because I hope to continue serving God’s people.
I’m sure you’ll notice that I am not announcing a specific date for my retirement at this time. Because of the seismic disruptions the Coronavirus has already caused to our life together, the Wardens and I agree that we need to remain flexible about our final Sunday together. We can safely say that it will be this summer.
As always, I look forward to talking with you and am available to you any time to discuss my plans and your feelings about them. You can write to me at tboggs@stalbansmaine.org or call my office voice mail, 207.799.4014, press 1. I get an instant message when you do.
Please know that in the days and months to come you and your loved ones remain in my heart — and always in my prayers.
 

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