Pastor’s Corner – August 15 2017
Blessings from Butner PC
August 15, 2017
“Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” (Psalm 28:6-7a)
By now, you may have heard that I am leaving the Butner church. There are a number of reasons. The original co-pastor arrangement worked well, but since Rebecca retired, we have not been able to find another co-pastor and it has been a challenge to fulfill my role while still working a full-time job. (It would be different if I were retired.)
Also, I have actually been preaching at Butner for almost three years – I started in November 2014 – and I have been doing pulpit supply for a total of almost five years, which is to say that I feel like I need a break. To use an analogy from a sermon I once preached, I have been mostly “breathing out” for five years and I need to take some time to “breathe in.”
This was a very difficult decision. Serving the church in Butner has been an honor and a privilege. You have blessed my life (and June’s) with your welcoming and caring spirit, for which I am very grateful. But after much prayerful consideration, I believe it is time for a change.
I look forward to worshipping with you on September 3 and September 10, which will be my last Sunday. In the meantime, please continue to keep the people of Charlottesville, Virginia – and the rest of our country – in your prayers, that the Lord may grant us all strength and mercy.