Celebration of Our New Ministry

St. Matthew/San Mateo

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for our Celebration of New Ministry and the Institution of The Fr. Vidal Rivas as Senior Priest and The Rev. Ana Langerak as Priest Associate. It was a joyful event for the parish, as we were joined by The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and The Rev. Bishop Wolfgang Herz-Lane, Bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Many thanks also go to all of those involved in the planning and arrangements.


Thoughts by Rev. Ana

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed getting pictures and icons of Christ that show him to be Asian or African or Latin American. I even had one that showed him as a graceful Hawaiian, with a lei around his neck and arms extended in a warm greeting. It’s a great thing to be able to see Christ in the flesh of our own race or ethnic group and to claim him as “one of us.”

But in Luke’s story of the disciples on the Road to Emaus, Jesus was a stranger to his own friends. As they walked together and sat down together, he never said who he was. They only recognized him when he took bread and broke it. Then he disappeared from their sight.

This story about the Risen Christ seems to say even when we have the joy of knowing Jesus as a true friend and unique companion, he remains strange enough for us to always be alert. Our eyes should always be on the look-out for a fresh recognition of the Lord in our own situation. This story ask us, “Where do you encounter Christ on your own Emaus road?”


Bendiciones de paz y esperanza,
Rev. Ana


St. Matthew's Church