The Pulse: Grateful
|The Pulse: Grateful
July 11, 2022
Back in March when I let you know I would soon be moving on, I reminded you of John Donne’s timeless words: “No man is an island. Entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. …” Nowhere are those human connections more dynamic than in the body of Christ.
This coming Sunday July 17 is my last at GFC, and we will be exploring how to invite God into the transitions and changes we all experience in life. I want you to hear this message, and I would appreciate the opportunity to say, “Goodbye,” in person. If you can’t be here this weekend, I want you to know…
I’m grateful for you. Whether you feel our connection has been deep or more distant, we have experienced the authentic bond and sincere love that grows out of Jesus’ love for us. I wish I could sit down for a coffee with each one of you. Thank you for the incredible honor and opportunity to be your pastor.
Thank you for responding so warmly and graciously to us and for caring for me and my family. You embraced us all with open arms. Our hearts have become fuller and our lives richer because of you. We’ve been changed for the better because of your influence and our friendship.
I’m so grateful for the last six years of ministry that I’ve enjoyed at Grace Fellowship. Thinking back over our time together, I’m full of gratitude for the opportunities to teach, pastor, and lead here alongside gifted pastors, a strong staff, and committed elder team.
I’m also grateful that the Church belongs to Jesus. He cares for it. He directs it. He is our Chief Shepherd. Whatever local church we are part of, we remain interconnected with one another in the body of Christ. I’m confident in God’s good plans for my family and me just as I’m confident that God’s good hand will continue to be at work here at GFC.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)
P.S. I look forward to seeing you onsite this Sunday at 9:15AM or 11AM or online. If you’re ever visiting Maryland, I would love to see you at LifePoint Church in Reisterstown, MD. You can also keep up with us on social media or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching & Executive Pastor of Ministries