New Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Keith C. Lane,
introduced to the congregation on Sept. 9, 2012
Message from Father Lane
Since coming to St. Simon’s for the first time in late summer 2012, I can without hesitation, testify that my prayers have been answered with more abundance and veracity than anything I could have imagined.
To understand the implications and meaning of my words, it is necessary to go back several years to the first
stirrings of the thought that I might have a call to the priesthood.
I felt our Lord ever so patiently yet persistently tugging me to serve His people as a Parish Priest. I wasn’t at all sure of what that would look like, or for that matter, how it would come about, but I was willing to follow where ever He was leading me. As things began to move forward in my call I would often hear from friends and family who would ask the same question: “What sort of parish would you like to serve?”
This, of course, was a very loaded question that belies the truth of ordained life. The truth being that unlike the secular world, as a priest you don’t get to choose where you’re going to be called to serve. As in the process of discernment to ordination, you move forward in your goal only with the consent of the People of God in conjunction with the will of the Holy Spirit.
In answer to the people who asked me about where I wished to serve, my reply was that I prayed that God wanted me to serve at a church where I could make a difference; that I could serve God at a congregation that was taking their walk with Jesus to the core of their identity; a parish that was not just talking the talk, but walking the walk. I didn’t know what that parish would look like or where that parish might be, but I knew that I would know it when I saw it. And I have seen it here at St. Simon’s, praise be to God!
I can say without reservation that my hopes and prayers have been answered in being called by St. Simon’s to be your Priest-in-Charge. In this (2012) our Centennial Year, I am honored to find myself in service to the people of God at St. Simon the Cyrenian.
At a time in our country when we are experiencing the kind of economic distress not felt since the great depression, to know that St. Simon’s is a living legacy of perseverance and accomplishment for 100 years bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to a wounded world. This Parish has stood as an icon of Christ in the face of racism and countless other challenges that the people of St. Simon’s have not only overcome, but have thrived in doing so.
This is the legacy of a community that I am proud and honored to now be able to call my own.
The more I get to know the people of St. Simon’s the more I am convinced that together we will move forward
with the same energy, commitment and creative drive as we have in the last 100 years. To be a beacon to all people in search of God’s glory, not only in New Rochelle, but to the whole body of Christ astride the world.
Yours in Christ,
The Reverend Keith C. Lane
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