Lamb of God has extended three calls so far during the vacancy. The first was to Ralph Tausz of Apostles' in Melrose Park, IL, the second to William Cwirla of Holy Trinity in Hacienda Heights, CA. The most recent was to Sean Smallwood at St. Matthew in Calgary, AB. This past Sunday it was announced that Fr. Smallwood has decided to accept our call to be our pastor. This is an occastion of great joy both to Lamb of God, which is getting a fine confessionally Lutheran pastor, as well as for Fr. Smallwood (not to mention Fr. Peperkorn, who has been handling the catechesis and daily chapel duties at the academy all by himself this school year).
It is also an occasion of great joy to me, as we will once again have a full-time pastor to preach, teach, and absolve us. However, there is the sadness that I will not be preaching and administering the Sacrament nearly as often as I am now. I can see in retrospect that having Fr. Grenyo and me as CRM-status ordained members has been part of God's plan for Lamb of God, so that the Word may continue to be preached and the Sacraments administered during this vacancy. However, my flesh can't help but wonder what is in store once Fr. Smallwood is installed. I really would like to continue preaching and administering the Sacraments, but the opportunities (largely "pulpit supply" when area pastors are on vacation) will likely be few and far between for a while.
I know that God has in mind what is best for His undershepherds, including those on CRM status, but my flesh isn't too happy about the fact that I don't know what's going to happen now. The Word of God, the Sacraments, and the mutual consolation of the brethren will sustain me through this time as well. This I know because He has promised this to His baptized children.