I attended the Epiphany service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Canton on Thursday evening, January 6th (ours at Covenant was in the morning). I heard a friend and colleague of mine, Pastor Kimberly Vaughn preach for the very first time. By the end of the sermon she had the congregation eating out of her hand! It would take too much space to tell you the details of the sermon, but I can see why the St. Stephen Martyr folks have taken to her, not that I had any doubt.
The worship was bittersweet for me, knowing that it would be the last time I would worship at Trinity. I thought of how much that worship space has meant to both my spiritual and pastoral formation; the times I preached from that marble pulpit and wouldn’t ever preach again; that I also would never celebrate the Eucharist there again; the beginning of our mission congregation, Iglesia Luterana La Trinidad, and the many festivals we celebrated there; the outreach that was done from that building. I spent a lot of time afterwards reminiscing with the faithful. The flood of memories was overwhelming.