I’VE BEEN THINKING…

            …about beginnings and endings;  Endings & Beginnings.

  They’re inevitably connected of course – one follows the other.  When something ends, something new begins; then, over time, that becomes the new normal.     Until IT ends… and something new begins – Again.

We’re into an ending\beginning right now, aren’t we?

For me, it’s retirement.  For you, it’s a transition toward a new minister and new chapters of ministry & mission. 

What’s up in my future?   Bit of an adventure ahead- I have fuzzy plans to ‘goof-off’ until Labour Day.   That ‘goofing-off’ will probably include trips to Vancouver, and Britain, (visiting our daughters Heather Joy, and Leslie), then summer at our cottage (N. of Kingston).

Before all that, we’re working to sell our house in Burlington, and down-size to a house in Kitchener (where our son Eric, lives with his family).  

And for you at Wellington Square?  Also an ending\beginning and the leadership have made very good plans as you enter this transition year. 

 As BOARD co-chair Jeremy Cox reported last week, Sunday services are already sorted and being planned into and through the summer.   Most months there will be a guest preacher or two;   Katie will lead worship and preach regularly, and partner with our staff team to continue the ministry programs that make this such a great Jesus community.  

And last week a ‘Search Committee’ was approved, to begin talking to potential new ministers.  

How long will that take, and what will be the result?  It’ll be a bit of an adventure. 

For those who like everything to always stay the same, that will feel weird, and could make some nervous.  No need to be nervous.  Enjoy the ride – the weeks ahead of curiosity, while things are a little different; Share the adventure together. 

My sense is you all need to lean into each other.  Trust the leadership.  And trust God. 

That will allow you to move through this transition year with confidence.   One inspirational poem has always strengthened me: 

“I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.”   
AMEN.

Grace & Peace to you all –

ORVILLE