There are dates and times in each of our lives that symbolix new beginnings - January 1st, first day of Spring, birthdays, etc. For the church, we are centered around our church year: Advent, the wait and birth ,Lent, the loss and resurrection, and the Ordinary Time in between. September also plays an important role in new beginnings. It is Homecoming (September 8)! A time when church folks come back from theier summer travels and settle, as it is in our case, back into the life and fellowship of Covenant Presbyterian.
September will now be forever a special reminder for me new beginnings. I will never find the appropriate or adequate words to express my gratitude and excitement as I launch (9/1/19) into a covenant relationship as your new Temporary Pastor (that’s what it is called nowadays). Covenant will eventually call a permanent pastor, but for now, we will regroup and concentrate our work on realigning ourselves with our Triune God in the effort to rediscover and affirm what God needs us to be in this church, this community, and in this world. I am excited for this new journey.
I will now be able to add this new beginning milestone to another major one where Covenant was instrumental! My ministry journey began earlier, but my ordination to ministry occurred in the Covenant sanctuary on 12/7/2008. Hard not to consider that as a monumental new beginning. It appears that God has linked us. I welcome it, and the call back to Covenant.
How about the rest of you? Won’t you join us for this new beginning? I can’t help butt hink of the hymn written by Alan Jackson, Softly and Tenderly. The first two verses say it all:
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See on the portals He’s waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me
Come home, come home
Ye who are weary come home
Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling
Calling, “O sinner come home”
- Rev. Linda S. Powers