September is a busy month for many of us. Fall schedules fill up and we find ourselves running from place to place. At our house, September is a month of celebrations: Allison and I celebrate our anniversary (17 years—we were children when we got married); we celebrate our daughter Mercy’s birthday (she would have been 4 this year), and now we celebrate Faith UMC’s birthday as well (12 years)—all within a span of just 7 days!
In the midst of all the celebrations, I find myself reflecting on the array of people who have shared life with me and the ways our lives and journeys have intersected. I can’t help but thank God for all of it—the highs and the lows, the good and the bad. With each passing year, I find myself growing more and more grateful. I am blessed to be part of something bigger than myself; I am never alone. It’s amazing and comforting to know that I belong.
I’m particularly grateful for getting to be pastor of this church. Faith is a group of great people. I love hearing about and seeing first-hand how you have heard God’s call and are making God’s rhythm your rhythm; making God’s story your story. I’m moved by how you care for friends and neighbors who suffer. I’m inspired by how you live out love in school classrooms, in local businesses, on sports fields, and in the community through your service on boards and agencies. I’m emboldened by those who are willing to give free haircuts, collect and give away books, serve meals, rebuild houses, teach children, mentor youth, disciple and equip adults. I'm energized by the faithful who show up early and stay late so that all the little details are taken care of, in a desire to make all persons feel welcome here.
THANK YOU FAITH! Thank you for the last two years. My time here has already been a great, rich, full journey. And thank you for the 10 years before I got here. I can’t wait to see how the ALL IN spirit of God’s people will beat strongly over the next year and beyond.
I look forward to seeing you in worship. We gather to be reminded of who we are and whose we are. Through shared experience we can be challenged to make the rhythm of Faith central to our everyday lives. Together we can transform the world.