I have joked with a few people the last few days that it feels weird to have been dissolved. I guess it isn’t me who is dissolved as much as my call as Associate Pastor will be dissolved (official PCUSA term) in mid-November when I officially begin the transition from pastor here to pastor at PCW in Ohio. Its a strange term and one that I wish could be spoken of differently, even in official parlance. Why not something more like “blessed in a new direction” or “commissioned to a new form of ministry” or something like that?
I had a conference call with several members of the PCW staff this morning to talk about some plans for Advent and also to just begin the process of us serving together as a ministry team and I have to say that it is exciting to think about the time we have together ahead of us. I have seen the many gifts present within the community that is PCW and I know that God has some exciting things ahead. Its just several steps down what looks to be a very busy road the next few months.
Its interesting that I am just about finished with Joshua in my devotional reading right now. In many ways, this call process over the last 7-8 months has felt like the Hebews in the wilderness. I have felt lost and confused at times, I have grumbled and have been stiff necked probably a few times, but God has been present through it all and has provided thorugh it all. The path that God has led is clear as I now look back upon it. As I come to the end of Joshua tomorrow, it is completing the journey of the Hebews from Egypt into the Promised Land. Its exciting to think that I am moving from one part of my journey into a new one as well.