For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven . . .
(Ecclesiastes 3:1 NRSV)
To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven (Pete Seeger /The Byrds)
Do you remember the old rock ‘n’ roll song from the 1960s written by Pete Seeger and made popular by the Byrds, Turn Turn! Turn? Did you know it was based on a passage from Ecclesiastes? The writer of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes wisely observed that change is inevitable and part of God’s Creation.
God brings a season for every activity under heaven and has made everything beautiful in its time. Although we cannot fathom the depths of God’s love, we know that God cares for each of us.
Everything is God’s creation changes in one way or another. Whether we experience change as positive or negative is largely up to us and affects our approach to life. Looking to God in all of life’s changing circumstances is vital to experiencing the gift of eternal life promised through Christ. The ways that we are in relationship with each other changes with the circumstances that color our lives. Our interconnectedness with one another is essential to our connection to God, and the way we respond to the changing needs of others is a visible demonstration of our relationship with God.
My last Sunday in the pulpit of Waverly First United Methodist Church will be June 16, 2018. My pastoral duties end June 30. You will have a new pastor on July 1, 2019. After this date any pastoral duties, weddings, funerals, baptisms, hospital visits, etc. will be the responsibility and privilege of the new pastor. It is not appropriate, and against United Methodist discipline for a pastor to perform any pastoral duties for a former parishioner.
I hope and pray that you continue to grow in the ways that you respond to the changing needs of others, whether or not they are “members” of the congregation. Being a pastor is similar to being a parent in that it is the hardest and most wonderful thing a person can ever do. We have grown close to and become fond of some wonderful people in Waverly. Continue to work to be a visible demonstration of God’s love in the Waverly area.
Keep Peggy, Cedric, and me in your prayers as we enter a new season in our lives. We will continue to pray for you.
Grace, Peace, Joy, & Love,