And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
Depending on when this edition of the newsletter makes it into your hands I will either be preparing to be ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church, or that service will have already taken place.
Regardless of when you are reading it there is one thing that I have to say to all of you, thank you.
As my church family you have supported, encouraged, uplifted, and inspired me. All of your loving words of encouragement, as well as your suggestions for ways I could improve, have helped me to navigate this journey. The beautiful painting you gave to me as a gift this past week means so much, it will forever be a reminder of the wonderful people I have had the privilege of serving alongside here at Emmanuel. For these things and so much more I give you my most sincere thanks.
Someone asked me what is going to change now that I am an ordained Elder? To put it frankly, nothing much. I will continue to work to make sure that all people know of God’s love for them, no conditions attached. I will continue to empower others to share their love for Jesus. I will continue to use my voice to support the least, the last, and the lost of our world. I will strive to make the church a place where everyone who comes through the door will be welcomed and know Christ’s love for themselves. I will continue to serve.
The final thing that I know will remain the same is that the people who call Emmanuel UMC home will continue to do those same things.
Because that is what I have witnessed over the past 4 years. A loving community of people who love Jesus and want to show others how amazing that love is.
This month we will celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is a Spirit that I know is very much alive within our Church, a Spirit that is alive within each and every one of us. A Spirit that empowers and encourages us to continue forward in the faith. I pray this month that you will take time to appreciate and recognize that you too are filled with that same Spirit that fell on those first Disciples so many years ago.
Thank you for your love and support, thank you for all you have done for me, thank you for your commitment to Emmanuel UMC. But, let us not ever grow weary or sit back and think the work is done. There is a whole world of people who need to hear of Christ’s love, so I pray you will continue serving with me as we welcome and love like Christ, let’s get to work.
To read the rest of the June newsletter, click here: June 2019