Well I have yet to lead my first worship service with you and already I am writing a newsletter piece! I guess we might as well jump in with both feet right?
I don't know about the rest of you but I always find new beginnings to bring a mixture of thoughts and feelings. There is a sense of excitement, a knowledge that new possibilities are in the air, just waiting to be seized. But there is also that sense of uncertainty, a knowledge that what is to come will be different from what came before. What will we learn together? What challenges will we face? How will we walk the path that leads from here? (And where will that path lead anyway??)
For this first newsletter there are really just two things I have to say. First of all, Patty and I would like to thank all of you for the gift basket (or rather gift basketS and bags) that was delivered just after we arrived in town. It was a great welcome and greatly appreciated. The girls are very excited about trying out the pool and the mini-golf and the museum.
Secondly I look forward to the future of our ministry together. As I mentioned above this is a new beginning and has both excitement and uncertainty about it. In the weeks and months to come we will start to explore what possibilities are there to be tested. We will also start to challenge each other. But I find that in my reflections on being the church over the last few months there is one specific question that keeps popping up. It is one I think we need to keep in front of us as we move forward. “Who is God calling us to be?”
Who is God calling us to be as individual followers of The Way? Who is God calling us to be as a community of faith? Who is God calling us to be as a denomination? It is my firm belief that if we find the answer to these questions then the path forward will become much clearer. I look forward to prayerfully exploring these questions and discerning the answers.
May God be with us in our explorations and learning.