I know it’s been a full last week and a half but I finally wanted to get my thoughts up here. As I mentioned on the 14th – the 15th was my last Sunday leading worship in Wadsworth. To say it was an emotional morning for Beth and I is an understatement.
Jim’s sermon spoke about the start of the church and the power that the Holy Spirit gives us. He talked how we are filled with the Holy Spirit and that we are called to go out and be disciples to the world. This then lead into all of those from the Wadsworth Church that have been called into ministry. This led into Jim announcing that I had accepted the position in Rittman.
I was then given the opportunity to say a few words to the congregation. Here is what I said to the 9:30 service (FYI – Jim had just talked about how Stephen was martyred for his faith which explains the first comment I make):
After this I knelt at the rail and there was a time of blessing and prayer. This was done at all three services. To say that a few tears were shed would be an understatement. I know Beth has written about it some on her blog (which I strongly encourage you to check out – my wife is so amazing)!!
As I stood up there leading worship there are a few things that really struck me. One – the people on the platform with me. Each one of them are amazing people that I could write pages about. From Andy & Terri – one of my most memorable times singing was when Andy and I did a piece at a Holy Thursday service – I sang as Jesus and he sang as Judas, it was one of the most powerful and amazing pieces that I have ever done and to be able to do that with him is something I will never forget. Paul who was one of the cornerstones of the service and has walked down this road with me and will continue to walk down it with me. Rick, Bob & Shawna who are amazing musicians and have meant so much to me over the years.
The other person on the platform with we was a part of the other group that meant so much. Andrew is one of the youth in our church and has been with the team for a few weeks, but I have had the chance to sing with him for a few years now at youth functions. All of the youth mean so much to mean and I am really going to miss seeing their faces every week, I’ll miss hanging out with them and being a goof on retreats and at lock-ins. They are such an amazing group of people that have touched my life in so many ways. I have every intention of staying in touch with them (all of those that will let me) and look forward to watching how God continues to use them.
As I’ve said, I will miss seeing my family at Wadsworth each week – but I am excited about the new family that God is making us a part of at Rittman and I’m anxious to see how God will use us there.
Keep checking back here often as I will be beginning regular updates on what is happening in Rittman and look forward to having you walk with me.