Grace to you and peace, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
I started to write you a poem to say thank you, but it wasn’t very good, and the phrase that kept popping into my head was this one from Sunday, “For the sake of everything holy, stop being stupid.” So here are some straightforward thanks:
SUNDAY WAS PERFECT!*
Everything – the spirit in worship, the prayers, the presentation and send off from the leadership team, the gifts to help me find my way into new adventure, the words and pictures in the book you made, the decorations in Fellowship Hall, the delightful meal, the Chantilly Cake. We had such wonderful conversation and honest mutual appreciation! I felt loved and I knew that you know that I love you. What more could we ask for?
So what a treat that Karen was able to share the good news that Synod has identified a potential pastor for Grace, and after conversations between the leadership team and that pastor, you can count on a chance to meet this person very soon. That made the day of saying “farewell” a better day. I trust that you will extend the warmest of greetings when you meet in a few weeks.
Leaving a pastoral position in a church is a challenge for everyone, as relationships change. You can trust that you will stay in my prayers as you move forward in ministry. I will also let you know about the results of my blood tests, and continue to appreciate your prayers for me.
Next Sunday I will be glad that I can picture Ron Unger leading you in worship at Grace. I will be in Nashville, serving communion to the congregation in which I was ordained when I was 27 years old. It will be good to find myself in the midst of that great cloud of witnesses once again.
It has been a joy to serve as your interim pastor.
Grace and peace,
*Except for the Saints