From the Preacherman….
In an interview in 1954 Robert Frost was asked, “What do you think is
the most important thing you’ve learned about life?” The great poet answered,
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. In all
the confusions of today, with all our troubles . . . with politicians and people
slinging the word fear around, all of us become discouraged . . . tempted to say
this is the end, the finish. But life — it goes on. It always has. It always will.
Don’t forget that.” That part about troubles could have been said today, this
morning even. I wonder though, do we really know that life goes on, pandemic
It does here. Some of you know that we recently hired Leigh Anne
Castlen to direct our Education program here at church. That program covers a
lot, so her background as a student at Western Kentucky University (BS) and
teacher at Owensboro Middle School has prepared her well. Please keep her in
your prayers and be prepared to say yes when she asks for your participation in
a ministry in our church. Life goes on in the teaching ministry here.
Each Sunday you see Mike Tichenor and Ann Jeannette Pierce leading and
performing music in worship, but have you thought how much preparation it
takes for that to happen? They plan weeks and months in advance for a single
worship service, practicing and rehearsing, organizing and developing ideas.
Their gifts are rare, and they share them with us. Thank them for that. Life goes
on with music.
In the oddness of the last few months I hope you have noticed the
distinctive importance of others on your church staff. Kristin Callis does her job
as Financial Secretary with quiet, consistent excellence. Not every church has
that. Pam Woodward’s purposeful ministry in Pastoral Care is a gift to this
church. She knows when to speak and when to listen, a gift not shared by all.
And if you need to know something, anything at all, about this church, who do
you call? Anne Carlisle, of course. She is the nerve center of our congregation.
Do you know that? Life goes on in ministry here in all of its forms.
I hope you know, not every church is blessed with as many gifted people
sharing the joyful burdens of ministry. Each person brings gifts and effort to
their work. It is my profound pleasure to get to minister with them. Thank them
for what they do. It matters that you care. Life goes on.