19 Jun Pastor’s Paragraph for June 21, 2020
Pastor's Paragraph for June 21, 2020
JUNE 21, 2020
I remember clearly my first two Sundays at Camp Hill United Methodist Church. The first Sunday, Cindy and I were graciously escorted to service, after service, after service, after service. We were paraded around, welcomed, greeted, hugged, and, most importantly, prayed over. The second Sunday, though, it was time for me to speak at each service, and only one thing caught my nerves. Would I be able to recite the line that has become a mantra of praise and understanding for me? I took a cleansing breath, introduced myself, and said, “We find ourselves here this morning as ordinary people in the presence of the extraordinary God.” At that moment, and every time I have proclaimed that belief since, I receive a heartwarming affirmation from our God.
Many things have warmed my heart in my time with you, such as Saturday morning Men’s Prayer, a faith-filled staff, and the friends that Cindy and I have made in our Supper Group, among many others.
As I move on to another ministry opportunity, a new adventure awaits you as well. Among the many places that God will lead you, you will be led into a beautiful relationship with the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kind. You will find her, as I have, to be a Jesus-loving pastor who longs the best for the local church. Thank you to the many who have already greeted her with notes, cards, and prayers.
Please know that the ordinary people of Camp Hill UMC will always have a special place in my heart. You have been faithful to Christ, and we have joined together in many ways to serve God faithfully in the lives of our children and the hearts of our adults. I pray to God only the very best for all of you in the seasons ahead.
I am grateful to have served as your pastor and for your willingness to let me into the challenges and joys of your life as we prayed and worshipped our God together. I leave you with words from Philippians 1, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Rev. Dr. Gary Weaver