New Beginnings: They are both exciting and scary.
As I begin this journey alongside you as partners in all that is to come, I have been reflecting on the hymn, “This Is a Day of New Beginnings.” The hymn calls us to remember the past and to dare to move forward together. Exciting and scary times. I’ll do my best to ramp up exciting, creative ministry opportunities. I will also keep you abreast of things that can be viewed as scary. Leadership and I will collaborate and invite you to work with us. We are team. We succeed together and fail together.
This Is a Day of New Beginnings. The future is calling us to dare to live into what God intends. I know that most of us are also more comfortable with what is or was (even if not so great) and that which we know. This is usually true especially when we are invited to trust and walk in the darkness until we come to experience the Light of Christ as we ponder, reflect, dream, pray, discern, collaborate and experience new things.
Most of us would prefer to say, “You do your thing. I’m praying for you. I’ll wait for you here until you find the Light and open the door for me/us to join you.” We like the things the way they are even if there is so much more beyond our comfort level.
I want you to know that I will respect the traditions of the community. I will do everything that I can to honor the past, the rituals of the community and our traditions. Yet, I will not be enslaved by them. Life is happening right before us. What was yesterday may not be today. We are constantly changing even when we object or wish that it hadn’t changed or would just stop.
Change is not going to wait on you or me. I was born in the era that all phones were attached to land lines. Phones were rotary dials that you put your finger in them and turn every number one at a time. It was exciting when push button phones came into being. Some loved those changes and others hated the fact that they could no longer pick up the phone and talk to the operator and ask them to connect you with your party. And let’s not even talk about party lines.
Change is happening as you’re reading this. Let’s not freak out about change. Remember, I’m committed to stability and not to making swift or rapid changes. Yet, we all know that with every transition comes things that you’ll love, others not so much, and some that you will not be pleased with or prefer those changes will go away. I’m NOT here to institute radical change. I am here to discern with you as we move into the future.
I invite you to join me singing the hymn:
“This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember, and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that's gone.
For by the life and death of Jesus, love's mighty Spirit, now as then, can make for us a world of difference as faith and hope are born again.
Then let us, with the Spirit's daring, step from the past, and leave behind our disappointment, guilt and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.
Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.”
Together, we can make all things new and live into what God intends for us. If leadership or I do something that troubles you, please don’t share that with others. Let’s make sure we model healthy communication and relationships. Please share your concerns with me. I’m easy to talk to and I will listen. Going to others doesn’t work.