One of my first memories at First Church is singing the Hymn of Promise. The refrain of the song is “unrevealed until it’s season, something God alone can see.” The song has always stuck with me and pops into mind at odd times. God alone has things to show us.
Likewise, Ecclesiastes 3 appears in unexpected places throughout my life. A banner hanging at the center of the gathering space of Urban Promise in New Jersey, a song on the Forrest Gump soundtrack (which I obsessed over as a teenager), and in conversation this week.
The verse and the hymn talk about the natural seasons of life. There’s a natural beginning and end to all things. Sometimes we don’t see (or don’t want to see) the seasons that God alone can. Other times we see the seasons abundantly clear. Through much prayer, sleepless nights, and uncertainty it’s become clear it’s time for me to enter a new season of life.
After fifteen years in service with First Church, my season of ministry is ending. My last day as a staff member will be in May.
I deeply love this place. First Church has been a second home for the majority of my life. A place of comfort, guidance, frustration, hope, and growth. Through Vance and Emily’s guidance, our fantastic staff’s diligent work, and our congregation’s service I know First Church will continue being a beacon of hope, love, and care in our city.
I am immensely proud of our ministry together. Watching kids grow in their faith and as individuals have brought more joy into my life than I’m able to capture here. The work wasn’t always easy but God’s love always shined through. None of it would have been possible if not for the dozens of faithful and dedicated volunteers and coworkers I’ve walked alongside. I want to thank everyone for the immeasurable ways you have shown me love, grace, and support through the years.
While my season of ministry has come to a close, First Church will continue to be my church home. After a season of rest, I look forward to worshiping with our congregation.
Thank you to all. You are loved.