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Patient Trust

Like most rectors of most Episcopal churches, I open our vestry (governing board) meetings with a prayer. At this week's vestry meeting, I felt moved to open with a prayer titled "Patient Trust," from a favorite little book of prayers titled " Hearts on Fire ." Given all the changes the faith community I serve (The Falls Church Episcopal) has experienced in its recent past, and in light of all the joyful challenges of this faith community's return to its property and the related seemingly never-ending litigation , and especially mindful of the Rev. Cathy Tibbett's departure (after Christmas) to accept her call as Rector of Christ Church, Luray, this prayer spoke to me. Based on vestry members' positive reactions, it spoke to them as well, and so I share it now with a wider audience, thinking perhaps -- especially in this anticipatory season of Advent coming up -- that the Holy Spirit may speak through it to you as well:   Patient Trust A