Sunday was my first vestry at Trinity and knowing that not everyone was able to be there, I wanted to share part of what I shared during the service.
Over the last year we began building lasting relationships. I have learned about you, what is important to you, your history individually and together as a faith community. You have also learned about me, how I do things differently, and how I serve you differently than those who have gone before me. Looking to the next year and beyond, I want to continue to build on that, to deepen those relationships as we serve God together in this place at this time. As part of that I am proposing to undertake an all-member visitation. These visits can be in your home, at the church, or at a coffee shop, whatever works for you. I will be contacting you to make arrangements over the next year, a few each week starting in a few weeks.
In addition to continuing to get to know you and deepen our pastoral relationship, I have some specific questions I would like you to think about and to talk about when we visit:
What excites you about your faith, and living that out? Where do you experience God?
What are your dreams and visions for Trinity?
How can you help to bring those dreams and visions to fruition? What do you need from me?
I believe that God has a vision for who he wants us to be and for what he is calling us to do, as God says in Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). We as God’s people are called to seek that vision, to seek God’s desire for us. As part of visiting with you I want to hear about where and what you think God might be calling Trinity to go and to do. Part of discerning God’s vision is the confirmation that comes from multiple people having the same vision from God. I also want to hear how you think you can contribute to bringing that vision to fruition, because we need the gifts of the community if these dreams are to take on life. While ideas and visions are important, they also require hands and feet if they are to take on life. Each congregation is uniquely gifted and called, so what is God calling Trinity to at this time and in this place.
I am looking forward hearing how you think we can live into God’s vision for Trinity. Together may we seek and serve Jesus, loving and serving others in His name.
Peace and blessing,