Morgan County, Ohio Presbyterian Churches
Dear Morgan County Presbyterian Friends,
How can we thank God enough for you
in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?
(1 Thessalonians 3:9, NRSV)
I echo Paul’s sentiments when I think of you and your generosity. While travel and illness have delayed my expression of gratitude, it is nonetheless abundant and sincere. Thank you for working together to provide a wonderful celebration of my retirement from pastoral ministry as well as the conclusion of my work with you. Thank you for extending the table and welcoming my family and friends to worship and reception. Thank you for the generous “Love Offering” which will help us make a “bucket list” trip to Alaska next summer.
“… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you
everything that I have heard from my Father.”
(John 15:15, NRSV)
Thank you for your personal notes and card and pictures. They remind me that our shared life over recent years has been full and rich. I thank many of you for making time to meet with me for personal good-byes during my final weeks of service with you. Many times in those meetings as well as during session meetings and worship services we have shared our tears expressing fullness of emotions including poignant grief and profound thanks.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
(Psalm 126:5, NRSV)
Thank you for supporting my preparation for the ministry of spiritual direction as we anticipated this time and for releasing me for a new season of this specialized ministry. The final dissolution of a pastoral relationship filled with love is now complete, but the ties that bind friendship will not end. While I will be intentionally absent as we all find and settle into a “new normal,” I will continue to love and pray for you. In due time I hope that we can keep in touch. I’ve already begun to keep informed by perusing your most recent newsletters, The Builder and The Beacon. ”Well done, good and faithful servants!”
"May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord show you his kindness and have mercy on you.
May the Lord watch over you and give you peace."'
(Numbers 6:24-26, NCV)