I thank my God for every remembrance of you, always in every one of my prayers for all of you, praying with joy for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
– Philippians 1:3-5
These verses from Paul’s letter to the Philippians are ones that often come to my mind as I think about this congregation and the ministry we are blessed to share in this space.
As we leave October and head into November, I think of these verses anew.
Of course, there are the obvious ways in which November brings to mind a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving (something we will celebrate in worship on November 13 with our annual Thanks Living Sunday!)
But this year I am especially grateful for you, Reformation. It has been a year since Deacon Beth’s retirement and already four months since Pastor Wayne’s retirement. This year of significant change and transition has not stopped the love and grace with which you all share and support the ministry of this congregation. I am in awe of that, always.
Throughout October as you all recognized Clergy Appreciation Month, Vicar Eileen and I were blessed with your outpouring of prayers and words of support and encouragement. We are truly grateful to be partners in this work of the gospel with you.
Thanks be to God!
With gratitude and thanksgiving,