I have to admit, right up until April 3, my last Sunday before departing for a 3-month sabbatical, I had lingering doubts about our plan to keep things afloat in my absence. Arranging in advance for 12 weeks of worship, including a Confirmation service and baptism and two communion services, not to mention the pastoral care and Session and ministry teams and administrative details. . . . it seemed like a logistical nightmare just waiting to seep into some crack or crevice in the structure.
And as pleased as I am with having been able to take time away to renew my spirit and read about, think about, and visit some of the greatest works of art in western civilization, I have to say that the way our congregation came through this test was even more rewarding. Not only did everything go smoothly, not only did we just “cover the bases,” it was a significant time of tapping into some of the deep spiritual resources we have available in this congregation.
At a future date, I will share my art adventure with anyone interested in hearing about it, but for now, please allow me to brag a bit about this congregation by way of offering thanks.