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Shared Prayer

This is a space for shared prayer, where people may post their own prayer requests to the community, in their own words. To post a prayer request simply click on the comment button below and post your prayer request as a comment. I will pray with you and I know that others in our community will also. Please note that the “like” button should only be clicked on to alert someone that a prayer has been posted.

Shared Prayer

This is a space for shared prayer, where people may post their own prayer requests to the community, in their own words. To post a prayer request simply click on the comment button below and post your prayer request as a comment. I will pray with you and I know that others in our community will also. Please note that the “like” button should only be clicked on to alert someone that a prayer has been posted.

An Ending and a Beginning-By Rev. Alan Mead

An Ending and a Beginning
By Rev. Alan Mead

I am nearing the completion of another interim position. It is time to rejoice and, soon, to reflect and evaluate.

It is always amazing to me how wonderful I feel as I near the end of a transition. It is amazing to me, because it means the relationships that have been an important part of my life for the past eighteen months are changing, even ending. And it must be so! I have enjoyed a sense of belonging and privilege that goes along with being a pastor, temporary or not! Now that is ending and although a part of me is anticipating the loss, I am feeling a deep joy. So, why the deep and abiding feeling of joy?

The joy I feel is more than satisfaction for finishing a job and having a sense of accomplishment.

It is the certainty that time spent with this congregation will be one of the factors that help make a new ministry that is about to begin, flourish. We have celebrated life and ministry together. We have visited the congregation’s heritage, leadership, mission, connections and future, and found much to appreciate! We have worked together on these focus points at appropriate times during this transition. And now, a “call” has been given and accepted.

And I have found, as I finish my seventh full interim position, that my feeling of call to be a transition pastor is again affirmed. My abiding friendships and support come from outside of this congregation, a reality that enables me to connect fully, to be present; but not dependent, and rejoice with them in the calling of their next settled pastor.

Simple Pleasure – By Rev. Alan Mead

Simple pleasure
By Rev. Alan Mead

Our patio contains large, medium and small flower pots. Round ones and long rectangular ones, some brown and earth colored, and others, of pottery, in subdued shades of green, brown and gray to purple. Some contain flowering plants while others have a collection of edible herbs. One, with cabbage from winter is still crowned with its glory. Others, with spring bulbs, are beginning to show forth their green shoots and deep purple flowers. There are even some hardy pansies that have survived the winter.

The flower pots are waiting for spring changes, new potting soil and new plants in some, a careful rearranging in others. It is time, they say.

As I sit and enjoy a few minutes of solitude, I notice the beauty and wonder of change around me. The still plants seem vibrant with expectancy. On one flower stand we have a birdbath of clean, fresh water. In a nearby shrub I hear several birds and wonder if my presence is keeping them from the water.

This morning was overcast and at times it rained. This afternoon is clear and blue. The moon, a waxing gibbous, is stately and ephemeral in the sky. I am here, it seems to say.

This is a day, an afternoon that I have been waiting for, anticipating. Such simple joy! To sit in the afternoon air, listen to the birdsong, wait patiently with the plants and birds, and lift a thankful heart.

Day for shared prayer

This is a space for shared prayer, where people may post their own prayer requests to the community, in their own words. To post a prayer request simply click on the comment button below and post your prayer request as a comment. I will pray with you and I know that others in our community will also. Please note that the “like” button should only be clicked on to alert someone that a prayer has been posted.

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