In light of the recent announcement that I will be stepping down as your Senior Pastor here at St. John’s, perhaps some of you are asking the question: “Well, now what do we do?” I have asked myself the same question, and the truth is, for me at least, only God knows. However, for St. John’s, the answer is: we do what we have always done. We celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas together, and all of the things that this church has done for over 163 years, we continue to do now. The reality is that we do what Christ compels us to do. We worship him and we carry out the mission of St. John’s together.
As I shared in the letter you should have all received by now, we do ministry like we are going to be there forever. There is much truth in this statement. I know that even though my time as your pastor will come to an end in mid-January, my time with you and all the saints of God are destined for eternity. I know that my call to love each of you is something I have done with my whole heart, and that love will continue even if the date on a calendar says we are no longer pastor and congregation. We are forever sisters and brothers in Christ and for that truth I give thanks to God.
Yvonne and I, and our entire family, thank all of you for your care and concern the past ten months since the loss of Lauren and especially for the outpouring of support that has been shown to us in these most recent days.
May you always know with complete confidence that God loves you and so do I! And as Luther would state it: “This is most certainly true.”
Thank you from the depth of my soul. So now, let’s enjoy Advent and Christmas and even a little Epiphany together.
~Pastor Ken Gibson
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