May Message from the Pastor
This Sunday marks the end of my fourth year as your senior pastor. I recall learning of the former pastor’s leaving in December of 2012, just two months after I had finished an interim commitment at First Christian Church in Tucson. Rincon was a perfect fit for me, I thought. But the search process is deliberate and prayerful, and its members have lives they need to live in between things. Church Council members did double time as the Search Committee, reviewing candidate profiles, doing Skype and in-person interviews, calling references. But more than that, a good church search process builds community. I experienced the closeness and generosity of this group in my interviews. I noticed the spirit of grace and generosity on that team, and at my last interview, I felt the Holy Spirit join us as we prayed together for the first time. And then, on April 28, I preached my “candidating sermon” and the congregation voted to approve my Call with you on May 1, 2013.
We have accomplished so much together, too much to list here. We have grown together in love and a commitment to Be the Church in all the ways our banners proclaim. We have been bold in proclaiming and living extravagant welcome and hospitality to all people. With the ever-changing political landscape and subsequent fallout on vulnerable populations, we have deepened our commitment to be the hands and feet, body and breath of Christ in our community and in the world.
I am so grateful for and awed by your willingness to Be the Church together. The hundreds of ways every week that you show up, growing ever more deeply in your commitment to “Be the Bold,” as we say at every service. Together we create lively and inspiring worship, are good stewards of our facilities, develop faith development and service programming that matters, provide faithful accompaniment to those who need help, host community gatherings around a shared table, ensure fiscal responsibility, protect just personnel practices, and so much more – all of which reveals the kindom of God, here on earth, now. Our church is growing in numbers and deepening in our understanding and commitment to show up, for God, for each other, and for our own tender and complicated selves. Read more
Read the Thursday E-letter for May 18, 2017 here.