There is a curious mixture of excitement, anxiety, and raggedness when we are about to begin something new.
Over the last two months or so I have been "stepping into" the life and ministry of Auburn First in small ways (with the knowledge and blessing of your previous outstanding pastor, Pastor Jim Farrer): I've made trips back and forth to meet with the staff, to interview each staff member one-on-one, to meet with the Finance Committee, etc.). On the 28th, I preached here although my official start date was not until July 1st. This week I began moving some things into my church office, and meeting with parishioners for "Meet Mark & One Another" sessions. (If you haven't yet signed up for one of these, please do so! I look forward to getting to know you.)
So here we go. How do you start? You just jump in and go!
Here are some things that may be helpful to know as we get started:
That last point is key for us. In Staff this week I read Matthew's account of the call of the disciples in 4:19 (NIV): "They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will you fishers of (people).'"
They must have had all sorts of questions, just as you and I do in the beginning of this new chapter. "Where are we going? How will we get there? What will we do? What role will I be asked to play in this God adventure?"
We have all sorts of questions. But don't let that stop us from picking up and following the Galilean down the road!
I am blessed to be here and look forward to the road ahead.
Grace and peace.
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