Grace and Peace in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! As I write this piece for our July Newsletter, my husband, Jason, and I are in the midst of packing up our home and saying â€œdonâ€™t forget to visit us!â€ to our family and friends in Henderson, KY. We are excited to be with the congregation of Peace Presbyterian Church on July 1!
As I have reflected on my ordination and upcoming installation at Peace, I have prayerfully set a pastoral mission statement.
As the pastor of Peace Presbyterian Church, my mission is to make the written word and the Living Word of God known and call disciples to labor for the coming Kingdom of God.
I come to you with a degree in Biblical Studies, a seminary education, and lots of years studying scripture and teaching it to people of all ages. As I seek to make the written word of God known, I do so as someone who has been impacted by my study of the scriptures and has great joy in opening those scriptures with the church. Isaiah 40:8 reminds us that â€œthe grass withers, and the flowers fade, but the word of our Lord stands forever.â€ A lot of the things we invest our time in are not things that endure, but the reading and study of scripture will lead us in the way of eternity.
Additionally, scripture provides a unique witness to the life, death, and resurrection of the Living Word of God. Johnâ€™s Gospel begins with these words, â€œIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,â€ illuminating Jesus as this Word of God. I seek to make the Living Word of God known, because through Jesus Christ, we can know a holy God, and know Godâ€™s great love and calling for each of us as disciples,
As your pastor, I will partner with Jesus to call disciples and lead you in calling disciples to labor for the coming Kingdom of God. â€œFollow me,â€ Jesus told some men fishing on the Sea of Galilee, â€œDonâ€™t be afraid–from now on, youâ€™ll catch peopleâ€ (Matthew 4:8; Luke 5:10)! As we allow the written word of God and the Living Word of God to change our lives, we cannot help but share the good news and pray for Godâ€™s Kingdom to come!
In the coming weeks, I hope we will have opportunities to sit together and share stories of what God has done and is doing, as we find our way to journey together as church and pastor in the mission God calls us to.
With Gratitude, Â