(Sandy's note to the congregation on Tuesday, July 11.)
With a mix of personal sadness and resurrection joy, I write to let you know that the Reverend Reynolds Cheney, Church of the Holy Communion's third rector and the Diocese of West Tennessee's senior priest, died yesterday evening.
Even as the rector of a large parish, Reynolds insisted on connecting with his parishioners in the same way that Jesus connected with his friends, learning their names and walking the road of life alongside them. Reynolds was a churchman of the best variety, serving on numerous boards at the denominational level, and training many new priests for lives of service in the Episcopal Church - I am honored to have been one of them. Reynolds' legacy is one that extends far beyond his life here below, even as he now lives above.
Church of the Holy Communion will host a Requiem Eucharist in Reynolds' honor on Monday, July 31, at 2:00 p.m. Reynolds' family will receive visitors in the room that bears his name, Cheney Parish Hall, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Please join us for this celebration of life and faith, and of a life lived in faith.
Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
Into thy hands, O merciful Savior, we commend thy servant, Reynolds.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold,
a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming.
Receive him into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light.