A Note From The Pastor - February 2018
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” A Tale of Two Cities-Charles Dickens (1859)
It has been a few years since I have had time to read a Dickens’ novel. But the memory of the above quote fits my life right now. It is the best of times, I’m retiring! It is the worst of times, I’m retiring!
As a congregation we also are in a time of flux. It is a time that we will need to decide how we will live our lives as Christ’s Church. Celebrating the best of times with new opportunities or being overcome with despair that things are changing.
We have been growing in Christian wisdom and realizing the call of Christ to service. Yet it is tempting to grasp for the glory days when we were a big church and wish we could go back in time.
It is a time to believe that God has a plan and will see us through change. But it is a time that we don’t trust that the right pastor or organist will be found.
We are reminded that “In Him is Life, and the life is the Light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5) However we tend to forget and try to fix things on our own strength and leave God out of the equation.
We are in the winter of despair, worried about what change of leadership will mean. Still we are headed to spring, where our hope in Jesus Christ will again surprise us with what God has in store. New ministries ideas where we work alongside people outside our church, continued ministries filled with anticipation because we have seen peo-ple’s lives touched by God, a parsonage filled again with the laughter of children (we expectantly find out more on Feb. 4th), a sigh of relief that our tax woes are behind us.
We used to chant the phrase “God is Good, all the time…..All the time God is Good.” We are at the place in our life together when we need to decide that we really believe God is in control.
It is the BEST of times.
A servant of Christ,