That's how it is with YHWH, isn't it? We get settled (maybe a little too settled), comfortable (maybe a little... well, you know...)... and then, out of the settled, comfortable silence, comes a voice. A call. A challenge. An opportunity.
It doesn't always feel like an opportunity. Think about your life. How often have you been able to grow, to take on something new, even something wonderful, without letting go of something else, leaving some part of your "homeland"... and yet you did it, again and again.
Trinity Church's transition process began in July of 2016 as we said our farewells to our shepherd of thirty years, Pastor Kim Guiser. It continued with the arrival of our interim guide, Pastor Janet Peterman, that August. Summer turned to fall, which led in turn to the sweet stillness of Advent, the joy of Pageant, the promise of Lessons & Carols on a New Year's morning... winter... Lent... our long walk through the week we call Holy... death... silence... resurrection. From January through May of 2017, we shared questions, conversations and lunch together on three separate Sunday mornings after standing happily united at eucharist. The remainder of 2017 kept us hard at work, cleaning our own house, asking good questions, learning and relearning humility and grace. Now, after interviewing candidates, discerning, and arranging visits, we've called The Rev. Stacey-Kyle Rea to serve as our 18th pastor. The process has been as remarkable as our God, who continues to work through us and in us. This is the incarnation, Emmanuel, Christ with us.
We love the road that we're on. We love challenging one another. We know that our careful and extraordinary liturgies will only be complete when they ignite our hearts for service. Full, generous, boundless service. If you're looking for a community who is on the move, who carries our rich and beautiful traditions with us, who loves discovering what's next on our shared journey... look here, at Trinity Church. You are welcome.