A Message From Our President
It’s February and we have now officially retired Randy and officially welcomed Will. Brian Wren in song #518 in the Chalice Hymnal, “This Is a Day of New Beginnings,” reminds us: This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, And so, we do remember, and we do move on. But as we move on, let’s not forget that God is with us in our transitions and no matter how much we may personally dislike change or transitions, we should thank God for the opportunity offered us during this time of change. With this in mind, may we also pray daily for the energy, strength, wisdom, and discernment to seize the new opportunities presented to us.
New beginnings offer us the best time to reflect on where we’ve come from and the opportunity to move into the future with a joyful hope. Over the coming months, I encourage each of you to think about what you feel that God is calling this congregation to do and what characteristics we would require in a pastor to best support how God is calling us.
In addition, the Search and Call committee will be setting up discussion groups and collecting information on surveys to support a visioning process for future ministry. So please do start giving careful thought to where we go next, how best to get there and the leadership skills needed to get us there. Whatever change you long for, whatever dream or goal you might have for our church, we are reminded that we all need to begin by choosing to embrace the power each of us has to create new beginnings.
How do we do this? In the words of that famous author, Unknown, we should: Look back and thank God Look forward and trust God Look around and serve God Look within and invite God Shine with what it means to be blessed.