Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, Holy, Holy Holy, Holy Holy
As I open my Rev-eries template for the last time, the words above serve once again as the placeholder for the body of my message. I’ve seen them monthly for years, but not with the same eyes as I am using today. How appropriate! They really do summarize my feelings as I have now completed my ministry at DAPC. It has been a holy, holy experience.
Holy: the presence of the divine, the transcendent, the ineffable, that which takes us outside ourselves, that which connects us to the fullness of creation.
[not Webster … David – did I miss anything?]
I discovered the presence of God in my time as your pastor. I experienced holiness - the fullness of being that comes from living together in the context of koinonia / beloved community. I heard holiness - the voice of God in the context of youth gatherings and FaithQuest, in the gathering of God’s people for worship, in times of quiet moments of counseling, confession, openness and prayer. I was moved by holiness – experiences beyond words, outside the limits of human knowledge. I was humbled by holiness – times when the immensity of Truth bowled over me like the prophetic “ever-flowing stream”. I was privileged to be present in the moments of holiness you opened to me and shared with me - not always times of joy, but always time of deep abiding humanity. These times of holiness came in countless settings – yes some in the sanctuary and in our building, but some of the most profound came in very different surroundings. You shared holiness with me in your living rooms & kitchens, in hospital rooms and classrooms, in rustic retreat centers and while walking ta labyrinth, in prison visiting rooms and courtrooms. When I first arrived at DAPC in my tender youth [35 years] the notion of the omnipresence of God was perhaps more an intellectual notion than an experiential reality, but now I know it to be the deepest sort of truth: I’ve been there to sense the ineffable, to know the in-breaking of the transcendent … and it was always connected with you, the people of DAPC, your families and friends and into the community we seek to serve in Jesus’ name. Thank You for welcoming me. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for opening your hearts to me. Thank you for sharing your children with me. Thank you for sharing your faith with me. Thank you for listening, patiently as I presumed to “proclaim the Word of the Lord”. Thank you for not pointing out that my prevailing message - welcome, beloved community, Jesus the bringer of New Community and Jubilee – was somehow woven into to every sermon. Thank you for your love and thank you for accepting my love in return.
I complete my tenure as pastor of DAPC in joy and appreciation. It will be very different to establish a new role of love, care, support and prayer in the days, weeks and months ahead, but I am going to try to make the shift. There are, as I’m sure everyone is now aware, limits to how I can be present with the folks I have served as pastor now for three decades. I am working on disciplining myself to do all I need to fulfill the letter of the law [yes there is legalism buried deep within me!], because I fully support the reasons behind those guidelines: the health and future of DAPC. I have great love for the congregation where I devoted ¾ of my ministry, I do not intend to jeopardize that by allowing myself to muddy DAPC’s future with sloppy boundaries. If you want my prayers – let the interim pastor & Chuck know, so they can be published each week in Monday Musings. I’ll be there for you … in holiness: the ineffable, the transcendent, the realm of the Spirit. And when you know the power of answered prayer: repeat the above procedure: I’ll add my prayers of thanks and gratitude to yours.
Thank You for time … Life … shared!
In Grace & Gratitude
Ps: I tried to send out thank yous individually to all I know were involved in my send- off: I hope I got them to everyone, if I missed any one: Thank You!