Monday, September 19, 2016

Give us faith to go out with good courage...

"Lord God,
you have called 
your servants to ventures 
of which we cannot see the ending,
by paths as yet untrodden,
through perils unknown.
Give us faith to go out 
with good courage,
not knowing where we go,
but only that your hand is leading us
and your love supporting us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
-- from the Book of Common Prayer

I have prayed 
that prayer many times
as I pack
to move my family
to Columbia, South Carolina.
I trust that 
you are with us,
you are leading us,
you are going before us,
walking beside us,
holding us...

But not just for us;
You are doing the same
for our friends
we leave behind.
I leave the beloved people
of Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church
with the good courage,
knowing that while 
we do not know where the path leads,
I DO KNOW that your hand is leading them
and your love supporting them;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Over the past five years, it has been my privilege to serve as pastor of Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.  Sunday, September 25, 2016 is my last Sunday leading worship in Elizabethtown, NC.

In October I will begin a new chapter serving as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.

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