Weekly Contact– January 17, 2019

Hello there,

One of the lectionary readings for this Sunday is from 1st Corinthians 12 which reads in part: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good…”

It is a fitting passage for this Sunday because we are ordaining and installing our new elders and deacons, and we always read this passage as part of that service.  But I also think it is a good passage to reflect on as we begin a year of transition.  As most of you know by now, Pastor Beth has accepted a call to serve as the pastor of a wonderful church in Virginia.  God wants her to used her gifts and her skills in another place of service.  While we will miss her, we rejoice with her, knowing it is the same Spirit, same Lord, same God who is with us all.  Her “manifestation of the Spirit” will be in a different location, but it is all for the common good.  Her last Sunday with us will be February 24th.  Be sure to see her before then to give her your blessings and good wishes.

In addition to the ordination and installation service, the Chancel Bell Choir will be playing at the first service.  And while I will be thinking about the verses from 1st Corinthians, I will be preaching on the gospel text, which is John 2:1-11.  It is the story of Jesus at the wedding at Cana and my sermon title is “Your Piece of the Miracle.”

With Beth’s announcement especially in light of my upcoming retirement, we thought it might be helpful for our Coffee Chats adult forum to focus on the transition process in the Presbyterian Church (USA) to find a new pastor.  Coffee Chats normally meets between serviced in the lounge, but since there might be more people interested in this conversation this week they will be meeting in the chapel.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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