June 20, 2018

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Featured Reflection

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Time to Say Goodbye...

When I accepted the call to be your Interim Pastor, I was not sure what to expect. To begin with, I had never been an Interim Pastor before and was nervous about what it takes. Then I thought about the dynamics of following in the footsteps of Pastor Kern, a man I have grown to admire as I have gotten to know him better. How was this going to work? I knew how critical to preparing you for Pastor Dan’s arrival these months would be and wondered how well I would do.


But as I look back at the past 6 months, I see my time with you as one of the most exciting pastoral experiences I have ever had. It is obvious that God has been in the middle of our time together. However, God does not work in a vacuum. He enabled all of you to extend a warm hand of welcome to us as a family; something that defrayed all the fears I had had coming in. The conversations I had with so many of you the very first Sunday were so natural that I had to remind myself of the fact that I was meeting many of you for the first time. You knew what you were looking for and realized the role you had to play in making us feel at home. I am sure you noticed how quickly we took to your warm embrace. We have laughed together, prayed together, cried together, and even feared together when our church was broken into multiple times in days. I can tell you without hesitation that you have been a wonderful congregation to serve.


As I leave you begin a new chapter, let me reveal something I said to Pastor Dan in a recent email exchange I had with him.  I told him that he was coming to a congregation that is full of love for their pastor. It was easy for me to say this because that isexactly what I have experienced. May I appeal to you brothers and sisters to draw from the same reservoir the love you showered us with and pour it on Pastor Dan and his family? A pastor’s ministry is sustained by God’s grace and buoyed by love from his or her parishioners. The future of BLC and Pastor Dan will need both.


I am sure you are wondering as to where we go next. I have updated my Rostered Leader Profile, which is the same as a resume in layman’s terms, and am waiting to see where the Holy Spirit leads us next. I don’t have anything concrete to share, although some conversations have happened, but I have not yet been identified as a primary candidate yet. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us.


In closing, let me echo the words of Paul in his letter to the Philippians:


Philippians 4:4–9

[4] Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. [5] Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; [6] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. [7] And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


[8] Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. [9] What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (ESV)


Forever grateful,

Pastor Elijah Mwitanti


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