From Your Temporary Shepherd
I just want to say “hello” right now, and tell you how delighted I am to be working with you for the next few months. I know it will be different, as everything has been different since last spring; but we will figure it out, and help each other, and depend on God’s guidance and care in all things.
My first Sunday with you will be October 4, World Communion Sunday. I always feel privileged and blessed to be celebrating the Lord’s Supper, so this is a perfect way to begin. I’ve “visited” your worship a couple of times already, and it looks like you have Zoom worship down really well. I’m the one who is new to this, so I ask for your understanding and grace as I endeavor to catch up. (I’ve done many Zoom meetings, just never Zoom preaching.)
My primary concern when I was considering this interim position, was how to get to know you all in an online format. We will discuss this further, but I want to offer a couple opportunities for you to think about. I am happy to make an occasional trip to Warwick if anyone would like to meet in person – with masks and distancing – on your porch or patio or at the church.
I also hope to put together what are usually called “Cottage meetings” or “Parlor meetings” when a few of us get together – now online – and chat a bit so I can get to know you better. I begin with a few easy questions, and the conversation goes from there. More details will be coming, but I hope you will consider one, or both, of these opportunities to become better acquainted with me, and I with you.
May we covenant to pray for each other as we begin this new adventure in ministry. I look forward to knowing you, worshiping with you, and learning how I can assist you in this time between pastors. Our methods may need to change during a health crisis, but the call to carry on Christ’s work has never been more urgent.
I leave you with a words of Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.” (29:11). May we live always in that hope!
Blessings to you all,
Pastor Jerrie Shepard Matney