August 17 Inspiration

From the Desk of Pastor Kyle Doebler

Farewells are important. We know that they are important in life, but they are also important in the Bible. The book of Deuteronomy contains Moses’ farewell address, and Jesus spends much of the Gospel of John addressing his disciples as he prepares them for their ministry without his constant presence. They make for good reading because they express the one final thing that Moses and Jesus want the people to remember about them. In a sense it is Moses and Jesus reduced to the high points.

Farewells are important in our church life, too. This week will have two chances to wish Pastors John and Becky farewell, and I hope you will join me in doing so:

  • Sunday, August 23, will be their final Sunday as our pastors. In our online worship, they will be offering their final sermon on Philippians 1, entitled “A Prayer for the Church.” Elder K.C. Baker, former president of the corporation, will offer some reflections and thanksgiving for the Harts’ 14 years of service, and current Clerk of Session Elder Melinda Wood will present them with gifts on behalf of the congregation.
  • From 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, we will hold a drive-thru farewell. We invite you to come in through the lower parking lot around to the main entrance area of the Barn in the upper lot to offer your farewell wishes to John and Becky from a safe social distance.

Grace and peace,
Kyle