God be with you till we meet again;
By good counsels guide, uphold you,
With a shepherd’s care enfold you;
God be with you till we meet again.
(ELW #536 – God Be with You Till We Meet Again)
You all have been a blessing to me over the past three and a half years. You welcomed me into your midst as a brand-new pastor, embraced my quirky barefoot preaching style, and taught me about what it means to be a congregation who loves one another deeply. The lessons you all have taught me will continue with me throughout my ministry, as it takes me to serve St. Paul Lutheran Church in Westerville, OH and wherever the Spirit calls after that.
This time of transition between pastors can bring a lot of anxiety and questions, but this is a place this congregation has been before. The Indiana-Kentucky Synod staff will be holding this transition in prayer and working toward having this time be as least disruptive as possible.
But, in this time in between continue doing what you all know to do: continue to be the church, witnesses of God’s activity in Evansville, and disciples who follow Jesus. Pray for one another and this congregation’s mission in the world. Visit one another when you cannot be at worship and other fellowship activities. Continue in your study of God’s word and pass these stories on to the youngest generations in your midst. Work for justice and peace in the world, through prayer, words, actions, quilts, and personal care kits. Be the embodiment of God’s love in the world, wherever the Spirit sends you.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
May the Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.