This Sunday we will celebrate Cheryl for her faithful service to All Saints’ as our Connections Coordinator these past few years. I hope to see y’all there as we give thanks for all her contributions. It’s yet another transition that we are going through together in this season.

And even though the uncertainty has been trying for each of us in different ways, I found myself filled with excitement as I was praying for us last week. I’m excited for the new thing God is working out that we cannot yet see.

In some ways, I’m reminded of James’ words: “Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” We can face our uncertainty and the trials it brings with a certain confidence that we remain in God’s caring hands, and those hands are shaping us for that new thing we cannot yet see. I need to remind myself of this too, though!
As I graduate from seminary this spring, I don’t know what lies ahead and where I’ll be. But just as I trust God has gone before us in providing a new rector, I am trusting, despite my trials and doubts, that God has gone before me to prepare a church family to love and serve. And I trust that by the time God shows me what that new thing is, through these trials, God will give me new faith and a steadfast hope for what’s next. As I was writing these thoughts, the Hillsong song, “New Wine,” came to mind. I hope you enjoy it.