I feel incredibly blessed…
Yesterday the congregation I serve celebrated the 5 year anniversary of my ordination (which is on July 2). There was a special recognition of this occasion during worship in addition to a number of other surprises my wife and others cooked up (and let me tell you…as a pastor who is used to leading worship, it was a little uncomfortable not knowing what was going on in worship…but I still really enjoyed and appreciated what they did). Connie’s very musical family was there to provide special music and brass accompaniment during the hymns and offering. My mom read scripture and the church presented me with a gift. After worship there was a cake/coffee reception for me (something the community was invited to, along with worship). These were all things I was truly unworthy of, but it was nice to experience this affirmation of my call here. I feel incredibly blessed for God has done amazing things here through all of us.
So many people were involved to help make this a special day and they tried so hard to keep things from me (which was tough considering we live and serve in a small town and small congregation), but they did a great job. So if you are one of those people reading this…THANK YOU!…yesterday will be a day I will always remember and treasure. But the main we all need to remember (and something that people highlighted yesterday) is that through it all…in everything that happens good and bad…PRAISE BE TO GOD!
Thank you to Salem and Belmont Lutheran Churches and to the community of Jackson. Connie and I are very happy to be part of these communities. PRAISE BE TO GOD!