I am writing in response to an article written by my friend and Christian brother, Jason Dees. I am writing because of others who have asked for my response. Jason is a very bright, energetic and faithful minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We enjoy each other's company, and our congregations long have worshipped together and engaged in ministry together in this community. When Jason speaks, I listen. Of course, I do not always agree. We come from different traditions that have disagreed over some things for centuries.
The Rev. Timothy H. Graham, Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Covington, brushes the forehead of Suzanne Grace, Senior Warden, with ash. Ash Wednesday is today. It kicks off Lent in the Christian calendar. Easter is Sunday, April 24.
The birds haven't visited my garden lately. I can't really blame them. Over the winter months, I abandoned the white fenced-in area filled with bird feeders, red double knockout roses, butterfly bushes, flowering annuals and perennials, garden art, wind chimes, fountain and my favorite bench. As I opened the gate this weekend, my eyes swept over empty clay pots, dead flowers, rose bushes void of shape and color, molded feeders and a fountain filled with murky water and algae.
These days it seems rare for a pastor to experience a long tenure at one church. A quarter-century of service is certainly an occasion worth celebrating, and one local church is marking such an achievement: First Presbyterian Church in Covington this weekend is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Billy Wade.