From the Rector

Advent 2017

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am deeply grateful and overjoyed to be called by the vestry of The Church of the Incarnation to serve as your next rector. You have certainly been in my prayers during this time of discernment and will remain in them during the months and years ahead.

Leslie and I currently live in Birmingham , AL where I serve as Assistant to the Rector at St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands, a vibrant downtown parish with a membership of just over 1,500 people. St. Mary’s is truly a remarkable parish and it has been a great gift to serve and walk alongside this community for the past three and half years.

Through numerous visits and conversations with your search committee and vestry, I have discovered Incarnation to be a warm, hospitable, steadfast, faith-filled Christian community . I have learned about your enduring  commitments  outside the walls of the sanctuary – to Haiti, to your surrounding community, and to the wider church. I have discovered a parish committed to beautiful worship and thoughtful theological education. I have also listened to your hopes for deeper connection and fellowship and  your vision for reaching out  to  welcome new families and individuals into your shared life of faith. I have also discovered a distinct desire to  explore new and different ways to  continue using the gifts we have been given to serve Christ in the world.

I am so very excited about all I have learned, and will continue to learn, about The Church of the Incarnation. I am  grateful for the opportunity to share in ministry with you, trusting that together, we can with Christ, faithfully respond to God’s call for our lives.

One of my favorite articulations of what it means to be a Christian comes from the great second-century theologian, St. lrenaeus of Lyons. St. lrenaeus says , “The glory of God is a human being fully aliv e.” That is, the glory of God – the very reflection of God’s divine being – is made visible in lives set free in and through Christ Jesus. I cannot wait to experience and see what it will look like to respond to that call together, as we come to know more clearly what it means for us to be fully alive in Christ.

Leslie and our two girls; Mary Bentley who is six and Alice who is almost two , look forward to joining you at the beginning of the year and are so very grateful to make our home in the beauty and splendor of God’s creation in Highlands, NC.

Please keep Leslie , Mary Bentley, Alice, and me in your prayers. Know that you are in ours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rev. Bentley Manning