Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we begin October, it dawned on me that I have been serving here at St. Paul’s for an entire year already! I began my ministry with you on October 1, 2014. And what a year it has been – I was blessed to be called just as St. Paul’s began its yearlong 250th anniversary. And so I have gotten to know you all in the midst of special events, fantastic speakers, joyous concerts, and an atmosphere of well-deserved celebration.
This October marks the close of that anniversary year, with Nadia Bolz-Weber speaking on October 2, Pastor Wilk Miller preaching on October 4, and a closing celebratory worship with the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger on October 25. Much anticipation and planning have gone into these events, and I look forward to sharing them with you.
This year has – as an anniversary should – provided an opportunity to review and celebrate our congregation’s rich history. In the official commendation we received from Lower Merion Township, St. Paul’s was celebrated as “an integral part of the history of the Township.” It was an honor to help receive this commendation on behalf of St. Paul’s, as it has been an honor to learn about the history of our congregation.
As this anniversary year winds to a close, it provides us with a unique opportunity towards the history we wish to make in the future. Just as milestones in our lives give us chances to evaluate where we have come and where we are going, so does such a milestone in the life of the church. Where have we come? 250 years of worship and service. Countless members and individual lives changed, thousands of meals served to those in need, a witness to the message of Jesus Christ in the community. The history of where we have come and what we have done is all around us. Where are we going? How will we continue being an integral part of our community? How will we continue to live out our call to serve others and speak for justice?
I don’t have an exact answer to any of these questions, any more than I presume our founders had 250 years ago. But we do have the vision and the calling to continue seeking out how we are called to serve God and our neighbor. And I sincerely look forward to living out the answers with all of you.