Friday, 7 April 2017

Farewell Michael – God be With You ‘til We Meet Again

St Pauls is part of the team ministry of the Parish of Oadby. Although we have our own vicar, Steve Bailey, the other church, St Peter’s, has been led by a Rector, Canon Michael Rusk. Michael has been in this post for 17 years. However, he has now been appointed as Rector to Emmanuel Church, the American Episcopal Church in Geneva, Switzerland.

Last weekend was his final weekend with us.

We celebrated his work in Oadby in a service of Thanksgiving and Farewell on Saturday evening which was followed by a buffet meal in the parish centre. Many, who had worked with Michael, brought messages of appreciation that one or other of these events. Several previous clergy came back to the parish.

On the Sunday, both churches combined together at St Peter’s for the Family Communion Service, which was a joyous time. At the end of the service Michael was presented with a leather bound large print Bible, a book of messages and photos and a cheque.

Both churches wish Michael well in his new sphere of ministry. It will be interesting to hear how Geneva compares with Oadby!