It is the time of year in the United Methodist tradition that churches and pastors look forward to a new path, a new adventure. I am no exception to preparing for a big move. In June, my family and I will pack a 26′ U-Haul and move from Rio Rancho, NM to Farwell, Tx. After serving six years in one place, we will meet our new church family in another area.
It takes a while to become adjusted to a new environment. I think back to the many funerals over which I presided, weddings which I officiated, and the parties and banquets which we celebrated life’s milestones. These are the things that tie us all together. Attempting to unravel the knot and leave is not an easy task. Sadness and a bit of melancholy surround me as I count down to my final pastoral duties with the congregation in Rio Rancho.
Here is the beauty of the United Methodist Church; sadness gives way to excitement as new possibilities are allowed to make themselves known. The church in Farwell and I will have the opportunity to work together. Each pastor shares with each church unique ministerial gifts and graces that lay the foundation to develop ways to grow in faith. Our communities of worship are stronger because clergy members rotate every few years to different churches.
So, it is with sadness that I say goodbye to the many faces that treated my family well. You will be remembered and forever respected. One of the most significant joys of ministry is getting to know you and appreciating your gifts. You are a blessing.
And to the people that will call me pastor in the future, I look forward to what we will share together in the name of Christ. Whatever happens, we will be fearless and share the Good News with our community. We will equip each other with the love of Christ in such a way that we will be transformed. We are ready; let’s serve our Creator.