We are going to miss him - lots. This is the short talk I gave at church.
I've known Fr. Jack for many years.
When we were looking to change parishes, of course we came to his parish.
He has a gift of making everyone around him laugh.
- · If you are at a potluck - his table is the one that is laughing the loudest.
- · If you are at a meeting and the bishop is talking - look for the person that is turning purple trying to keep from laughing out loud from the joke she just heard. She is sitting next to him.
- · If you are on the golf course - look for the foursome having more fun than any other team and is probably in the lead.
- · If you are hunting - wear orange.
The best way to tell him how we feel is to read what we wrote in his card.
If I remember correctly one of his favorite verses in the bible is from John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Every Gospel you shared brought God to us
Every word you read was God
You prayed and opened your heart to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit
Then you taught us what God wanted us to know.
Over and over, year after year
God has touched our hearts and filled our souls through the words you shared.
Thanking you, for changing us and making us better just doesn't seem to be enough.
We want you to know that you are cherished by many
We will hold you in our hearts right next to the words you shared with us.
Enjoy your retirement