Words usually come fairly easy to me, as those of you know who have sat through some lengthy sermons through the years. However, during this part of our journey together, I'm finding it difficult to express my thoughts and feelings adequately.
To say that we've grown together during these six years is an understatement. I have often found myself feeling like a proud mama as I have watched you BE the church to one another and in this community. Remembering the faces of moms, dads, children, elderly folk, young people, no matter what their skin color, station in life, beliefs about God, feuds with others, ability to respond will always make me smile.
I've watched you give your time to plant seeds knowing that you wouldn't see the harvest. I've joined with you in being open to the gifts and graces of new people in our midst. I've wondered with you "Where is God leading us?" and then taking steps toward God's dream. I've struggled with you through difficult times when we each had to set aside our pride so that relationships would be spared or restored or ended.
Not only have you allowed me to be your pastor, you have ministered to me and accepted me as a fellow human being on the road.
We have much to thank God for as we close this chapter in the life of Allen-Lee Memorial UMC. We have been blessed and honored with the very presence of Christ among us and in us as we have worshiped, studied, prayed, met, owrked, ministered, and loved for his sake.
My life and heart will