“A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people. No traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.” –Isaiah 35:8
I appreciate the fact that I began my service as pastor at Trinity on April Fool’s Day. There’s something incredibly freeing about that. It somehow gives me permission to be silly and playful as I navigate my new surroundings. It also gives you permission to giggle a little when the things I attempt strike you as odd and implausible. It gives us all a reminder that it is Christ, and not we ourselves, who is trustworthy and wise.
I look forward to getting to know who you are individually, collectively as a congregation, and as a part of a broader community. What is precious to you? What breaks your heart? What needs to be shaken up and sifted? What really needs to go? What needs to be added? This exploration might apply to specific projects or ministries, or to tangible objects or to ways of doing things.
Here are a few of the ways I hope to learn the answers to these pressing questions (or at least, how we can begin to address them–by which we might be lead to better questions!).
**Interactive Devotionals: I hope that you have picked up/will pick a week’s worth of these little devotionals in the Narthex. I’ve written down some Scripture passages and some of how my story connects to God’s Story. I am eager to read how these stories connect with some of yours.
**Experimentation with Worship Space: Trinity has a magnificent sanctuary! I’d like to explore some ways of maximizing its use, both for musicians and for congregational life and participation. If something is not happening in its “usual” place on a given Saturday or Sunday, please let me know how it works or doesn’t work for you and why. And don’t worry. No permanent changes will happen right away.
**In-home visits: I know it’s ambitious, but I would like to visit every member in his/her home during my first year here. I’d like to see you in your “natural habitat” and hear about your joys and concerns. I hope you’ll share with me how God is and has been at work in your life, and how I can facilitate the growth of that relationship. More orderly people than I will be contacting you to schedule these visits.
Overall, I look forward with hope and gratitude to sharing the next leg of our faith journeys together, on which “We are fools for Christ’s sake: (I Cor. 4:10). Thanks be to God!
~ Pastor Susan Schneider