"Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.'" (John 20:20b-21)
As Jesus empowered and sent the first disciples, he is still calling and sending us today. His peace and the power of the Holy Spirit are as available to us as they were to the first disciples, and his commissioning continues.
Within this commissioning and sending of all Christians, God gives each of us particular gifts for building up the Body of Christ. Included in this are the gifts for what the Church calls ordained ministry: those who are set aside to preach and teach God's Word, to administer the sacraments, to shepherd the flock, to order the life of the Church, to lead God's people in serving and witnessing on behalf of Christ in the world. Trinity United Methodist Church has many faithful disciples who responsibly accept Christ's claim on their lives, but at this time I want especially to give thanks for the witness of Rev. Katy Ware.
As you heard Sky Thompson announce on Sunday, in July Katy will be leaving us to become the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Hempstead and Lynn Grove, under the appointment of Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. During Katy's seven years at Trinity, she has modeled a servant-heart in many wonderful ways. She has brought a deep faith, a bright intellect, a delightful humor, and a deep passion to the ministry here, and we will miss her. And yet our congregation has also helped equip and "grow" Katy to be able to be a superb pastor at Hempstead.
I know that in the months ahead you will find your own opportunities to express appreciation to Katy, and we will have some "official" send-offs at the proper time. In the meantime I ask you to be in prayer for her and for the Hempstead church. I also ask that you be in prayer for Trinity, as we work with our District Superintendent and the Bishop to secure a replacement for Katy. This may take some time, and we will work prayerfully and patiently. This is also a wonderful opportunity for you to step up and offer your own gifts in the ministry of Christ here at Trinity. That can begin with something as simple as bringing a friend with you to worship on Sunday. "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Yes, he's talking to you!
See you Sunday!
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