I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and in knowledge of every kind–just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you–so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
– 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 NRSV
To all the saints in Perinton Presbyterian Church: This is my last newsletter article as your interim pastor. How do you sum up a year in a few short sentences? How do you share all the things you’d like to share about the future? It’s never easy, but the time for the last “goodbye” is drawing near.
Just as the Apostle Paul expressed his thanks to the Corinthian church, so I want to say thank you once again for the privilege of being your pastor and friend for this interim time, and for all the good things that have come from our relationship. I have seen you grow in many ways as I sought to do my part in strengthening the testimony of Christ among you so that you might be enriched in him. I know that I have continued to grow both personally and professionally as a result of being a part of PPC. I am confident that I am leaving behind a congregation that has become stronger and healthier in many ways; one that is not lacking in any spiritual gift as you together you continue to seek and represent the will of Christ. I am also confident that God, who called Perinton Presbyterian Church into being–and called you to be a part of it–will continue to strengthen you to the fulfillment of God’s kingdom.
I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with your new, incoming interim, Janice. I am sure that you will have a great experience under her leadership. I am also confident that this transition is of God–that there were things here at Perinton that particular things God wanted to use my gifts and skills to accomplish–to lay a foundation as it were–and that there are other things that Janice, with her own set of gifts and skills, will be able to do with and for you that I could not do, at least not as well as she will.
And now, let us all go forward with God. I charge you to continue to love and support one another and Pastor Janice, and that you seek to make everyone you meet a sharer in Christ, our peace. Please keep me, Doreen, and the rest of our family in your thoughts and prayers as I seek God’s guidance in the next chapter of my life and ministry. Grace and peace to all of you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, today and forevermore! Alleluia!
Your friend in Christ,