Let me start by saying- I love God! And I know God loves me more. - He’s blessed me in so many ways everyday and sometimes every hour, like right now, this hour with you. -God led me here almost three years ago. - Now I know it’s really not a whole lot of time, compared to many of you guys - but I got to tell you- A lot of things have happened, and a lot of things have changed me since I fumbled through my first mass here at trinity - (I still fumble through mass), but it’s who I am and where I’m at now that definitely changed since then - This church and you beautiful people have embraced me - without prejudice and without pretend - you’ve supported me and my loved ones during the stress and pain of losing my step dad - thank you - you’ve encouraged me- encouraged me to be involved in different ministries - like coffee hour - It’s a real, recognizable and very important ministry- (Bishop Council told me so) - Meatloaf Monday- if you ever get the chance to visit St. Mark’s kitchen, you’ll witness how special Meatloaf Monday really is. - It’s so not about buying chopped meat, or whose turn it is to make a couple of meat loaves. - It’s so- so much more than that. I’ve been privileged to help with that- I kind of wish it was Meatloaf Monday every week.
But my all time favorite ministry- is being a pastoral visitor- I can’t even describe what I feel when I visit people that desperately want to be at church and they can’t. - They are so grateful that I’m there - but what they don’t know is I’m so grateful for them allowing me to be there - and for them bringing me so much closer to god - it is one of the most rewarding parts of my life. -You have ignited me- when I talk about our church, and how my life with Christ has grown here, people must see the glow I feel - and they want it too - so they come, one by one they come to mass here - and they stay - cause they feel here, and they glow. ( I’ll get everyone I know here sooner or later)
Most of all, this church, and all of you inspire me - you inspire me to want to be more than I am, and to give all that I can and to trust everything to God - like he trusts everything to us. I am blessed - and I am honored to be part of this beautiful family, of this beautiful church. Thank you for restoring my faith in my faith. God bless all of you. Amen.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sometimes it is best to get out of the way, part 2