At Our Saviour’s Atonement we’re in Pentecost. One way to look at this church season is that it’s what’s left over in the year after we’ve walked with Jesus from birth, through his ministry, death, resurrection and conclude with his gift of the Holy Spirit. The general theme of the readings at worship now concern the church’s mission in the world. So in Pentecost we focus on what Jesus does through us! Having received Jesus’ witness of creation’s love and being empowered by God’s Spirit we walk forth with love, justice and humility.
When pastors leave congregations – whether it for retirement, accepting another call, illness, or in crisis – congregations embark on a journey called “transition time.” Loss, numbness, grief, protest, anger, and/or anguish are common feelings among the disciples. Concurrently, some perceive “transition time” as an opportunity to regroup, explore, define identity, and re-vision the congregation’s role as the Body of Christ in the community in which they’re rooted.
During “transition time” our Metropolitan New York Synod provides assistance in many ways. I’ve been appointed to journey with OSA as your coverage pastor and Sunday supply. I will preach and lead worship. I will visit the sick and guide parish administration. Traveling with you on your transition journey, I’ll point out landmarks and provide clarity in foggy environs. In essence, I am one of Christ’s shepherds walking with you for awhile.
During our time together, I ask that you pray for me, as I will pray for you, and to call on me. I will be at OSA on Sundays and one day a week (usually Wednesdays. There are abundant opportunities in “transition time” to think deeply about that which concerns you: your faith life, growing as a disciple of Jesus, participating in the local or national church, personal relationships, crisis management, and so on. Now is a good time to ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but were reluctant to do so. Let’s talk.
Thank you for your prayers on behalf of my ministry with you, for your patience as I take my place within your faith community and learn your ways, and especially your enthusiasm in seeing difficult situations through to fulfillment. Change always means death. More importantly, change always means birth! Let’s explore how we are Jesus-in-the-world!