Pastors' Weekly Message: From Pastor Pat

“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks – we will also find out path of authentic service in the world.” (Parker Palmer)

Of the many things I wanted to be when I grew up, cowgirl, teacher, police officer, nowhere on my radar was pastor. I had no way of knowing the path God would choose for me. Yet as I reflect back on all the life clues God dropped along the way, they give a glimpse of the still-evolving picture of who I am becoming in Christ. My careers as a retail manager and as correctional administrator each provided extensive training and allowed me to partake of opportunities I might not have otherwise enjoyed.

I have received many honors in my professional career, certificates of merit, governor’s citations and even a congratulatory letter from the late Senator Elijah Cummings. I have held positions of high esteem and responsibility, met with lieutenant governors, and debated with legislators. I have walked the yard of a prison complex and testified in legislative sessions. However, none of those hold a candle to the humbling call of being your pastor.

I deeply and truly appreciate each and every card, letter, and expression of gratitude and support you have given. This year has been anything but normal. Yet you continue to persevere. I pray that in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead we continue to grow together in God’s love and grace, that who we are becoming is our authentic self-hood, the amazing faith-filled community that shares light and life to the world.

-- Pastor Pat