Evidence: this week’s midweek video!
Archives For My Life
For the last two weeks and then some, Jason and I have been the recipients of many well wishes, words of kindness and encouragement, goodbye parties, “last” meals, surprise visits, a specially themed Toastmasters meeting, warm hugs, incredibly thoughtful gifts, written notes, and so much goodness and love. My instinct has sometimes been to stop the outpouring, to say, “We don’t have to do this now” or “this is too much to take in.” Instead, I’ve tried to let those words wash over me, to hear every one, to receive every kindness and gift and hang onto them for the days ahead…and to say the words I need to say, too.Â Mostly, all I can manage is “I love you.” If I say all the words I want to say, I dissolve into a puddle of messy, ugly tears and can’t finish saying anything. Some of you know–you’ve seen it firsthand.
I know two things.
Our lives are filled with the very best people and we love each of you so much. Both Jason and I are better for being known and loved by you.
That we will continue to “hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, because God, who promised, is faithful.” (Hebrew 10:23)
We mean it about the guest room. I have a whole google calendar now devoted to scheduling your visits.
I also mean it about the beach. If you vacation on the coastal Carolina beaches and don’t call us to come visit you there, I’ll unfriend you*.
*I’m kidding. Probably.
Approximate time markers:
24:00–the Children’s Sermon
58:30–Reaffirmation of Baptism, Ordination vows
1:07:30–Laying on of hands and prayer
1:11:40–Jason gets a gift for “ministry”
1:13:00–Renee gives the Charge to the new pastor
1:25:00–Charge and Benediction
Here’s the worship script and the bulletin:
My friend, Sophia, is planning to go live on Facebook (using my profile) with a video feed of the service, and if that does not work, it will be recorded.
The picture included in this post was from a photo shoot this past week. I won’t actually have ownership of that robe and stole (gifts from the Presbyterian Church of Henderson and the Presbyterian Women of Henderson) until Sunday.
I wanted to include the hymns in video form, but it was tricky to find a version of the first and the last that I wanted to use. But God can speak to us through all types of mediums.
“How to Break into the Youth Director’s Office When the Keys are Missing”
This is the last sermon I preached as a commissioned ruling elder, a youth director, and a non-Minister of Word and Sacrament.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
Â Â Â Â I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
Â Â Â Â I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
(Recorded at Presbyterian Church of Henderson, June 10, 2018 at the 10:30am worship service.)
I had the honor of writing the pastor’s letter on the front page of our church newsletter for May, in order that I might share the news about my new call and reflect on God’s leadership for all of us.
Dearly Beloved Church Family,
When I was a young Presbyterian in the childrenâ€™s choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Merrillville, IN, I memorized Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge God and God will direct your path.
This scripture has been more than relevant in my journey with Christ and my preparation for and practice of ministry.
In the middle of April, I accepted a call to be the pastor of Peace Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, NC. I will start my time as their pastor on July 1.
As I stand at the end of eighteen years of ministry as your Youth Director, I give all glory to God, who has provided a path for us to walk together, and who will continue to provide a path for us all as we celebrate our ministry partnership and set out on new and separate paths next month. Nothing that has happened in our 18 years together has been because of any of us alone, but all things have been made possible because of Godâ€™s leadership and the gifts of God provided for us. God will continue to lead us–me in my new ministry in Fayetteville, and the Henderson church as you search for a new Youth Director and seek to discern Godâ€™s calling and vision for you as a church.
Please know how grateful I am for all of you and for the path we have journeyed together. There is much to celebrate and thank God for, and I look forward to doing just that over the course of the next two months. Let us seek to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts, leaning not our own understanding, but on Godâ€™s faithfulness alone.
Grace and peace and lots of love,