Today's Lectionary Text
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
My mother had a lot of sayings will pop into my mind at different times. One of those was “everyone brings joy to your life -- some when they come and some when they leave.”
This one seems especially appropriate in the weeks that some of our clergy and congregations are in transition. In my many years in the church, I have experienced both of these -- as I’m sure many of our clergy have. Sometimes it is with a sigh of relief, for both the congregation and the pastor, when the time comes to move on.
Often, we don’t recognize the changes in both the church and the pastor until sometime after they are gone. More often, we part with tears as we promise to stay in touch- which we seldom do. Life is like that -- people come into our lives for an occasion, a short time, a season or a lifetime.
My hope, for all who are moving this appointment season and the churches who are changing pastoral leadership, is that the changes be embraced with love and gratitude. Pulling up roots and starting over is never easy. There are new expectations, new places to learn and lots of new names to remember. (FYI -- this would be a good time to remind church members to wear their nametags for a while.)
It’s a stressful time for all. So, let’s give each other a heaping helping of grace, understanding and patience. After all, the world is watching to see if we really are any different from everyone else because of our belief in Jesus.
Five Rivers District Lay Leader
Prayer for Reflection
God of the whole earth, we lift up our clergy and churches who are in transition in these last weeks of June. Surround them with your love and peace, that they may continue to serve you with joy and be a witness of the grace and peace of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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