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Message From Pastor Gorden

posted Apr 25, 2017, 8:50 AM by Tracey Morris

Endings and Beginnings

Summer is almost here. We have experienced the change once again that signals new life to be born out of the grasp of winter. Yes, there is a definite ending to the bleakness of late winter and the clouds of early spring. This ending ushers in a whole new beginning. This is what life is all about, endings and beginnings.

This is my final communicator article to you as your Pastor. Our days have been filled with excitement over the new season of life in which the Lord is leading us. As a Pastor, I have made some very difficult decisions in the past couple of months. Rikka and I have leaned on the Lord mightily for discernment and direction. Our family and their needs have been very much a part of this decision. We will miss you, this we cannot deny. However, I look on the positive side of being blessed with almost twelve years of ministry at St. Paul’s. The relationships we have made will continue in a different way. We will long remember the love and care shown us while at St. Paul’s. We thank you from deep within our hearts for the partnership in the gospel we have shared.

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6) 

What we have done here together is just a beginning. God in Christ will continue to lead and direct you as long as you remain faithful to your calling. Individually we will continue to follow our calling as God’s children. This means you will continue to share in the powerful message of the gospel, which is “good News” for those who choose to believe it. This message of life found within scripture will continue to be our common bond.

Pastor Leon is ready to lead the congregation during this time of transition. He has the benefit of knowing many in the congregation and has experience in leading congregations during a time of transition. He will do a good job. It is my firm belief that the very best in the life of St. Paul’s is yet to come. This will be an exciting time for the church family to pull together and forge a path into the future.

For some time we have known that we would one day retire and do something new. Our retirement date is clear. However, we are waiting for the Lord’s guidance as to what will come next. We plan to stay in our home for the time being and do some traveling this first year.

As I close this letter I would like to share the reason why I came to St Paul’s in 2005. These words from the Apostle Paul have been my guide throughout my ministry.

“When I came to you, people, I did not come preaching to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-2) 

Once again, thank you for your love and friendship. May your blessings always be numbered in the richness of your faith. You will be in our prayers.

God’s grace and peace be with each and every one of you!
Your friend in Christ,
Pastor Gorden