Growing up I would often ask my home pastor what his favorite verse of scripture was and he would tell me, “and it came to pass.” This phase of scripture occurs numerous times in the Hebrew Bible and can arguably be one of the most repeated phrases in the entire Christian Bible. My home pastor Wayne Taylor would continue this phrase by stating “and it came to pass in the process of time.” His point to me was things always change, and nothing is constant. Well today it has come to pass, today will be my last Sunday as an associate pastor at Lea Joyner United Methodist Church it marks the ending of a beautiful season of life for my family and me.
When I was only sixteen, I was called into ordained ministry while attending a United Methodist Church. I was mentored, encouraged, and supported by an incredible group of colleagues over the past ten years. Two of these great men are Rev. Wayne Taylor and Rev. Ben McGehee these men have been wonderful friends, mentors, and colleagues who have supported me through the good times and the bad.
This Sunday also marks the end of an eight-year season for me as the direct pastor in charge of youth and children’s ministries and this season marks the end of my formal relationship with the United Methodist Church. It also changes my relationships with many wonderful friends and colleagues who continue to serve faithfully as pastors in The United Methodist Church.
This season marks a new beginning for my family and I as we venture back to South Florida where I have accepted my first solo pastorate at Living Word Lutheran Church in Lantana, FL. It marks a new beginning as I relearn what it means to be a pastor, teacher, and leader in a new denomination called The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. It marks a new beginning as I venture into a new theological family and embrace new ideas, concepts, and understandings in how ministry ought to be done.
My family and I are excited as we begin this new adventure filled with uncertainty but also with fantastic clarity. As we start this new adventure, we ask for your prayers and thoughts as we start our ministry with this new congregation, new community, and new denomination.
Be filled with Christ and his peace,
Pastor Richard Blue
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