I’m getting settled in at the manse, surrounded by many boxes and lots of packing paper, wondering why I didn’t downsize years ago, and wondering where everything is. But what a beautiful home I’m moving into! I’m excited to be here, anxious to get to work, and get to know you all. Everyone has been so welcoming and generous, and as I learn who you all are, I already know that you are rich in hospitality and caring. I know many of you worked hard getting the manse ready, and I want to thank you very much. You’ve welcomed me into my new home, which is yours, and the church home of KPC which is your spiritual center, a place of welcome and sharing for all.
My first church, in Arkansas, was originally a ministry to the arts community, but it was in no way exclusive. We sought to minister to the artist in every person, looking for new and creative ways to open ourselves to the reality of our loving Creator. Ultimately, that’s the mission of every church that breathes the spirit of Christ, and of each of us as individuals within our spiritual family. I’m looking for new and creative ways to open myself, too, after many years with my former church in Carmel. The one constant in the churches I’ve served is the bright light that shines in them. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify God in heaven.” You and I have a lot of light to receive and give. In 1835, George Rawson wrote a hymn with these lines that I love— "The Lord hath yet more light and truth to break forth from His Word.”
As I seek to get to know you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you would like a call or a visit. I know God is calling us to walk in the Light together, but I don’t know where that journey will take us. I do know that KPC has an exciting future, and I’m excited to be a part of that future, and part of your family. May God richly bless us.
Grace and peace,