Sunday, September 2, 2007

Prayers Needed

Finally made it back to church this morning. I realized that it had been a whole month since I'd been in my own church during the communion service which we have on the first Sunday of each month. I am usually a VERY regular worshipper but we have been away often this summer and I haven't been in town. I've also been taking a vacation from church this summer, partly on purpose. Our church is in a state of transition. A long-time pastor left a year ago last August, and for almost 6 months my ministry team (Nurture) provided a variety of worship leadership: Lay leadership, supply pastors, and joint services with a neighboring UCC church. Then we hired a very part-time interim pastor who started in January. Along with this, we have been experimenting with different organizational structures for almost 2 years, going from a very committee/board heavy hierarchy to ministry teams. So we have been struggling with lots of things ---new structure, new pastor, new ways. As one of the church leaders, I've been involved with trying to keep things going smoothly. When summer came, I realized I needed a break and decided to take one! It's been good. I'm praying about what I need to do and what I need to let go of. I ask you to pray for me -- that I will stay open to listening to God's voice, that I will be able to discern the path I need to take. Pray too for my wonderful church. We soon will be appointing a search team to find a settled pastor, and we need to make some big decisions about the type of leadership we need and can support financially.


Paula said...

I ran across your blog today since it was listed as one of the new blogs. It seems we have a lot in common with church activities (United Methodist for me), prayer shawl, and grown sons. Your stole in the lace pattern is beautiful! I have enjoyed reading backwards on your posts.


Paula said...

I forgot to say that I love Edinburgh also: in fact, ALL of Scotland!

Deb said...

I hope I can go back to Scotland someday soon! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Panhandle Jane said...

Thanks for your comments. I have been somewhat uninvolved in my church recently, and my goal is to get back into things again. You have inspired me.

I'm also a teacher (12th grade), and just getting ready to start the 3rd week of class. Treadmill does not begin to describe this year!