Message from Pastor Maria
With changes coming our way this Sunday as Deacon Glenndy retires, it’s a good time to let scripture remind us that there are seasons in life and that seasons change.
Ecclesiastes 3 was turned into an excellent song called Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds. Listen to it later today if you get a chance! For now, read the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
This is a time of change for Deacon Glenndy as she retires, and for Our Saviour’s as we bid her farewell. Parting during a pandemic adds the extra challenge of not being able to hug, as this is “a time to refrain from embracing.” Drat!
Glenndy has been a huge gift to us, and I couldn’t be more grateful to have served alongside her for the past 8 years.
So as we think about this change of season, I offer a word of hope for Glenndy as she moves into retirement, and for us as a congregation as we move into the future without her. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus says, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” So we know that Christ goes with Glenndy into her future, and Christ goes with us into our future as a congregation. We are all in very good hands during this change of season!
In our devotions on Tuesday, at Glenndy’s last staff meeting, we shared a prayer from Daily Texts that talks about God stirring us to fly. I think God stirs each of us to fly – as individuals and as a faith community. As we go through this change, Glenndy will learn to fly in new ways as a retiree. As a church, we’ll continue to fly in new ways into new seasons, as Our Saviour’s has done for almost 150 years.
I’d like to close by sharing a modified version of that prayer. Thinking of Glenndy and of Our Saviour’s, I find the imagery meaningful in multiple ways. I hope it resonates with you as well.
Thank you, Lord, for stirring us to fly. You know we are created for a leap of faith. Set us free from our fears so we may trust you and simply fly. In your peace, O God, we pray. Amen.