30 November 2023

Chaplain's Corner: a farewell

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Chaplain's Corner: a farewell
Chaplain's Corner: a farewell
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The time has come (as it inevitably does) to write my last ever article for the newsletter. For a combined total of 22 years, it has been my privilege to a part of this community. And like any community, we have experienced times of great joy and celebration as well as times of grief and pain. Carey is a community that sensitively reaches out with compassion to those going through times of sadness. The love and care offered at such times has enabled some to stay afloat, especially when the waves threatened to overwhelm.

I have loved my engagement with the students, staff and families. How much richer I am because of these interactions. And what lasting memories of have! So thank you.

On Monday night we gathered in St Pauls Cathedral for our Carols Service. It was a lovely service as the various choirs sang beautifully to tell the story of the coming of Jesus. This is indeed an amazing story that speaks of the love of God who came to Earth in the form of a helpless babe. God became vulnerable to express the depth of his love.

In these troubled days, we need to once again hear the simple message of Jesus to offer grace, love and forgiveness. This is the message I have been privileged to share with the Carey community.

I thank you for making my time at Carey so fulfilling. I leave with immense gratitude that God gave me the opportunity to serve you and him here. I close with this benediction…

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind always be at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand

Grace and peace, and savour the special moments, for they quickly pass.

Rev. Gerry Riviere
Senior School Chaplain

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