(From the devotion that Vice President of the Congregation Council, Katherine Halvorson, shared on Sunday, May 20)
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to tear down and
a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh...” (Ecclesiastes 3)
We’ve been through many seasons at Good Shepherd. And God is calling us into a new one. So that makes this a good time to pause and be thankful for people who have come before us... Pastors, Leaders, and Members who made this church what it is today and now we have so many hopes for this next season! To continue to do the amazing work God has called us to:
❖ Joyful and faith-filled worship
❖ Meaningful relationships with one another
❖ Welcoming others into our community of faith
❖ Being #FORFargoMoorhead through our love and service to others
And this new season can include new opportunities, too:
❖ To build trust and open communication
❖ To rebuild relationships
❖ To find even more ways to share God’s love with the world
So here we are today – joined together to call a new lead pastor, and what a gift she already is in our community. She knows and loves this congregation, and she’s uniquely prepared to lead us into this new season at Good Shepherd.
I think of Esther in the Bible – Who can say but that God has brought her into this place for such a time as this? For such a season as this!
But it is not just Pastor Mary who has been brought to this season for such a time as this. We all have. All of us together. And it is good to be together—for we belong to each other.
I am so filled with gratitude for all of you! I am excited to keep doing ministry with you in my new role, to keep wrestling with how to live our faith, how to build community, and how to reach out with the love of Jesus!
Grace and Peace to you, as we start this new season of ministry together,