Last Monday, I was ordained an Elder in full connection in The United Methodist Church. This was the final step in my ordination journey, a process that I began in 2011. The night was made even more significant because Emma was commissioned, putting her 2 years away from ordination herself.
I have been working for a week to formulate a way to describe how it felt. This is one of those times when words can never do justice to what the experience was like.
Immense relief, pride, responsibility, joy and a huge rush of humility crashed over me that night. I am not a very outwardly emotional person, but I was overcome after the Bishop laid his hands upon my head, ordained me and then I turned to have two of my mentors place the red ordination stole around my shoulders.
That is a moment I will never forget.
All of us are created by God and called to a purpose. This moment marks the most significant point in the calling Christ has placed on my life, but this is only the start of a lifelong ministry.
I cannot thank all of you enough for the support, love, and grace that you have shown me these past three years. I could not have asked for a better first appointment, and I will not soon forget this amazing congregation and how deeply the love of God is present here.
It is a bittersweet time, as I move to an exciting new appointment, but also as our family leaves this amazing congregation. This Sunday will be my last day in worship with you, where I will share my farewell sermon. I hope to see you there.
I pray that you know that God has called you to a purpose, and I pray that we can be a people of purpose together, bound together in the love of God.
Have a wonderful week, my friends, and I’ll see you on Sunday.