Providence & Gratitude–Week of July 1, 2018


Deut 15:7-11
Ps 112
2 Cor 8:1-15
Mk 5:22-43

Mthr. Susie Skillen

Providence and Gratitude

When providential provision opens welcome opportunity—it’s time to give thanks.

So join in giving thanks for the providences that are bringing a new family into our fellowship at ASAC: Adam and Rebecca Gosnell and their two children, Joseph (2 years) and Violet (4 months). Dcn. Adam relates a super-short version of their story:

“My curacy [at CTR] was coming to an end this summer, and the plan was for me to begin a side-by-side priesthood-chaplaincy in Kingston, NH. But, late in the process, that job fell through. We’d already signed a lease for an apartment in Amesbury…. It was a rough couple of weeks. But, in the end, I found a job working with the Boston Fellows and I raised enough support to fund work for Bishop Bill, some at the Cathedral and some at the Diocese.”

A few months before that, Cheryl Etu and I were taking stock together of the opportunities in Amesbury and the time constraints we face in the office. We were wishing there were a way to take some of the communications and administration responsibilities out of her job responsibilities to free up that time to invest in developing Connection opportunities in the community.

Meanwhile, the diocesan office has been running a super-lean operation and having to place a number of important administrative projects on the back- burner until someone could find time to fit them in.

So imagine our collective surprise when both Bishop Bill and I got news that generous and mission-hearted supporters—many from Christ the Redeemer, Danvers—had committed to support the Gosnells to serve here in the diocese.

Starting July 9th, Dcn. Adam Gosnell will begin serving here in Amesbury in a dual role with the diocese and the cathedral. For the ADNE, Adam will be doing some vital administration work that will make the upcoming transitions more smooth.

For All Saints, Dcn. Adam will be serving in a newly defined role: Communications and Operations Coordinator. This will include such things as maintaining our website, coordinating our weekly bulletins and emails, managing the diocesan-related aspects of our mission and ministry.

Adam’s work for ASAC will allow Cheryl to invest more time working with me in developing our connections with the Amesbury community.

We’re grateful for these unexpected developments that will help all involved pursue the mission God has given us. In a small way, we’re experiencing God’s ability “to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” And so, “to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21).


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