Saturday, August 18, 2012

Privileged and humbled


One of the most wonderful and humbling experiences of being a pastor is that people let you into their lives. I love hearing their stories and they in turn hear mine. I have been a pastor a little over a month and I am continually amazed at this great privilege God and God's people afford me.

So...what have I been doing since my first week? I have been visiting in people's homes, in the hospital, in the nursing home, at the Portville Heritage Days. I've been to a funeral and a memorial service (on the same day) without any official role other than support and non-anxious presence.

We have had church council meetings and committee meetings and have been planning worship for the fall, which will include a Blessing of School Backpacks on the first Sunday of September. Sunday school and confirmation will be starting up again and we'll be full swing into our program year.

I have with some trepidation take on a preaching series on the gospel texts in John, the Bread of Life discourse. Here is the message from John 6:1-21. This is the one from John 6:24-35, and number three in the series from John 6:35, 41-51 is here.

I do love the Gospel of John, but I think tomorrow will be the last in my bread series. I love preaching to this congregation. They engage with the message. What an amazing place and people to serve.





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