It has been a blessed weekend. Not much writing accomplished as I became absorbed in the celebration of my installation ceremony. (Yes, it does sound funny. No, I’m not a furnace!)
I started on June 1 at my “call” at a new church. I’m slowly learning people’s names, who they are, how they’re involved in the church, why they’re involved in the church, and discovering the needs of the church itself and the needs of the community it sits in.
It’s been an exciting…5 months! Already.
The Installation Ceremony involves not just people who are members or friends of the church, but also the wider church clergy in the United Church of Christ (UCC), specifically the Wisconsin Conference UCC and the Minnesota Conference UCC.
Of course, family and friends also were part of the gathering. It was held yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. It was a very full and fulfilling weekend and weeks before that as I wanted to find a preacher who could speak to the church in this present time as our society and institutions live through these tumultuous times and a pianist who could move us with her playing and a worship service that would be meaningful for the people there.
living from a place of hope
We are birthing something new and I find hope for our future.
Not for a future that moves us back to a status quo but a future re-imagined by the younger generations coming up behind my generation.
Today, Monday, I feel more settled. Something has shifted inside my spirit. I feel ready to enter into this new chapter, this new place marker, this place portal.
It is October. With the colder weather, I’ve already started winterizing—storing deck chairs in the shed, gathering the last of the peppers and tomatoes to ripen indoors, emptying pots of dirt from the summer flowers that have finished their season.
It’s becoming a fallow time. A good time.
Who knows what adventures God has in store for “us” as churches, for “us” as individuals.
I continue to learn to trust in God, to work as God’s partner for the best possible future for diverse people, for the earth as a whole. Life is a blessing.
And now….it’s time to get back…to writing and revising and editing my story.