When I first came to All Saints in the fall of 2018, I was grateful to God for helping me find a good church. However, All Saints had not yet become my church home. I wanted to serve and use my gifts in some way, but I did not know how.
When I came back to All Saints after Christmas break, Father Nathan introduced me to Father Bill over text so that I could potentially be involved with the musical worship ministry. I soon met Bill in person, and we instantly hit it off. We talked about music and worship and how Jesus changed our lives for the better. After that, I quickly became involved with the worship team, and I soon met Mother Cinnamon. I was really glad to be given the opportunity to serve and to give back to my church in some small way.
In the spring of 2019 on the Sunday after my birthday, Cinnamon came up to me and asked if she could pray a “birthday blessing” over me. Bill joined her, and they laid their hands upon me and prayed for me. During that spring semester, I was going through a particularly dry spiritual season in my life, and I had not told anyone. Their prayers and their kind attention ministered to me at a time when I really needed it.
As the year progressed, Bill and Cinnamon further ministered to me by inviting me into further fellowship. I became closer to them while doing worship ministry at a juvenile hall in New Hampshire as well as worshipping with them in their home during their famous barn gatherings.
I am so grateful to Father Bill and Mother Cinnamon for inviting me into their lives. They have listened to me, ministered to me, and shown me hospitality. In all the ways that they have blessed me, they have invited me deeper into the life of the church. I now view All Saints as my church home and much of that has to do with their ministry to me.
While I am sad that they are leaving All Saints, I am excited for them as they embark on a new adventure co-pastoring the church in Andover, New Hampshire. This church is getting more than just two talented worship leaders, they are also getting two Spirit-led priests who will pastorally draw their congregants closer to Jesus.
May the Lord continue to lead them in the power of the Holy Spirit as they begin their new ministry.