I have the great privilege of sharing the wonderful news that Bill Murray has been called to be the next Rector of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA. Holy Innocents is a healthy, vibrant parish with one of the finest Episcopal Schools in the country, in one of the strongest Episcopal dioceses in the country. It is a great opportunity for Bill and Jessie and their family and a great match for the people of Holy Innocents Church.
While we are sad to see Bill go, we are so grateful for everything he has done and all that he has meant to Saint Michael. In the four years that Bill has been among us, he has made quite an impact. He has loved us, laughed with us, cried with us, and inspired us, and now he will share his considerable gifts and graces with our Episcopal sisters and brothers in Atlanta. Bill’s final Sundays preaching at Saint Michael will be May 27th in the Parish Hall, and then June 3rd in the Church. A farewell reception in honor of the Murray Family will be held between Sunday services at 10 am on June 3rd.
Whenever priests leave a parish, it is customary to make a love offering to them in appreciation for their ministry among us. If you would like to make a contribution to Bill’s gift, please make your check payable to Saint Michael and designate “Murray gift” in the memo line, and please send your gift no later than May 28th.
I hope you will join me in celebrating Bill and his family as they begin this new journey and send them forth with our love and prayers as they continue to spread the Good News of the Gospel!
The Reverend Dr. Christopher D. Girata, Rector
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Feast of Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I thank God regularly for your support, prayers, and love. For four years we have worked together to grow and renew Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. Jessie and I brought our family to grow and flourish with you and we have. Together we started a process of rebuilding the youth program, the children and family ministry programs, and mission and outreach. We managed to triple Sunday school attendance, effectively work toward accreditation for the Saint Michael Episcopal School, and establish that program as a growing and thriving school with a wait list that is almost 50% of enrolled students. God has poured out his blessings upon us in more ways than we can count or imagine.
Therefore, it is with truly mixed emotions that I am announcing that Jessie, Mose, Abe and I will be leaving you all soon. After much reflection, discussion, prayer, and discernment, I have accepted the call to be the eighth Rector of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Jessie and I are excited about the possibilities of this ministry yet are heartbroken that our paths must now diverge. Our last Sunday with you will be June 3, 2018.
While our time together is now limited, Jessie, Mose, Abe and I plan to be fully present. I will continue to pray with, minister to, and care for the people of this parish up until our last day with you. Though we will be parted one from another soon, I take great comfort in the fact that we will be forever connected through the love of God and the grace of Jesus Christ in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
God’s blessings upon you all,
The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church