"I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God's servants, working together; you are God's field, God's building." (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)
God is continually raising up servants to help build up the Body of Christ, the Church, as the ongoing witness to God's redemptive work through his crucified and risen son, Jesus Christ. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the people of God are empowered to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. St. Paul founded the Church of Corinth, another pastor and teacher named Apollos had followed after him, and the members of the congregations were blessed with a variety of gifts, but it was God who was activating and energizing those gifts for a common purpose. "So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives growth." We all have our role to play in the life of Christ's Church.
We have a special servant in our midst who has played a significant role in the life of Trinity Church for the past year and who will be leaving us this summer in response to the call of God to take up a new ministry. Matthew Thomasson, our Associate Pastor for Evangelism and Missions, has contributed to a variety of ministries that have blessed and strengthened our witness to the Gospel. Through a long process of discernment, Matthew has determined that God is not calling him into ordained ministry, and he and Danielle will be returning to Plano, where he will teach high school math as Danielle returns to teaching high school English.
I know that in the months ahead you will find your own opportunities to express appreciation to Matthew and Danielle, and we will have some "official" send-offs at the proper time. In the meantime I ask you to be in prayer for the Thomassons. I also ask that you be in prayer for Trinity, as we work with our District Superintendent and the Bishop to secure a replacement, who will begin on July 1.
Easter is a wonderful opportunity for you to step up and offer your own gifts in the ministry of Christ here at Trinity. God is calling you to continue the work of building up the Body of Christ. God will provide, for it is God who gives the growth.
Grace and peace,
Trinity United Methodist Church
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