A Letter from Father David Thurlow
Rags has shared with us his exciting news of being called by the Lord to serve as the next Rector of St. Matthew’s Church, Darlington. This is a godly honor and privilege and an affirmation of Rags’ leadership. He will finish his good and fruitful years of ministry among us at the beginning of August.
Rags has faithfully served as Assistant Rector at Prince George Church since his ordination five years ago. In that time he has done so much in service to the Lord. Rags and Suiter have served long and well with us, and we will miss their close friendship and ever joyful pastoral presence. The fruit of their work will outlast them by years, which bears testimony to the quality and value of their labor for the Lord.
Rags’ last Sunday will be August 4th and there will be a reception in honor of he and Suiter that day. It has been a privilege to work together with Rags in this portion of the Lord’s vineyard. His ministry at Prince George has been a blessing to me as Rector, to our congregation, and to the community. As they go forth from us I am confident the Lord will continue to use this wonderful couple and their godly gifts to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:12
As Rags and Suiter move through this time of change and transition please continue to pray for them. Let us be reminded, pray, and ground ourselves in the words of St. Paul who wrote to the Philippians, from whom he was parted; “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,”
Warmly in our Lord Jesus,
The Rev. David W.T. Thurlow