Today St Andrew’s, St Andrews said goodbye to Bob, Liz and Timothy. All in all it was very low key, which is as Bob wanted it. Mind you, there’s a limit to how low key one can make it with 180 or so adults and another 30-40 kids all wanting to make a fuss and say good-bye.
Despite Bob saying all the right things about how little depends on the rector, there were many there today who would contradict him. St Andrew’s, St Andrews is a remarkable church. Its strength does not depend on the rector, and they will do just fine without him. But that is precisely the legacy Bob leaves, the fruit of his leadership and nurture over so many years.
And now begins the search for someone who has sufficient skill and humour and humility and broad-mindedness to take the congregation on to its next phase. Suggestions on a post-card, please. There are lots of people praying.