I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.
From the first day until now, I think often about the first day of worship at Celebration. I didn’t want to go to worship, and I certainly didn’t want a church home. Over the following weeks and months and years I connected into a community that didn’t care that I had walked away from the church years before. This community saw a call in me that I didn’t want to follow, but when the Spirit starts moving change is going to come.
Celebration has always been an incubator for leadership. A worship singer became an Associate in Ministry. A youth minister transformed into a vicar and then into a beloved pastor. A bartender became a seminarian. What started with a weekend or two filling in with the band turned into a job, which turned into a leadership role, and before I knew it I was off to Minnesota twice a year. The people of Celebration have always raised up and supported leaders. With this support and the care of the Spirit I have nearly reached the completion of my academic career. I only have a few credits to complete, and I have graduated from CPE. The next step of my candidacy process will be a one-year pastoral internship. While I will be sad to be moving on from Celebration, I am excited to take the experience and love I have received and serve the larger church.
I am happy to announce that I will be serving my internship at Messiah Lutheran in Cypress. I will begin on September 1. My last Sunday at Celebration will be July 31. I truly thank God when I think of you, my brothers and sisters, and have been overwhelmed with the level of love and support you have continued to give. I ask your prayers as I continue to follow the call God has placed on me and I will always remember you in my prayers.
Peace and All Good.