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Pastor's Monthly Newsletter Message

June 2010

Dear Friends,

 

A few years ago, the time came for me to move on from the parish I was serving, and I visited one of my elderly parishioners for the last time. He had recently turned ninety-seven, still walked two miles every day and continued to read vociferously.  As was our practice twice a year, we went to lunch in a lovely restaurant and then returned to his home for further conversation and discussion. As the visit was drawing to a close, a silence fell upon both of us.  We knew this would be the last time we would ever see each other.  He looked down at his hands folded in front of him and said reflectively, “A man I know said recently, ‘As I grow older, the sound I hear most is the sound of links breaking.’”  He then looked up from his folded hands and observed, “That reminds me of a pastor I knew in Brighton, who claimed, ‘As I grow older, I seem to hear the sound of doors closing.’” 

 

Each time I had visited this astute gentleman in previous years, he invariably walked me to the driveway and waved to me as I drove away.  On this occasion, however, before I left, he re-entered the house from his porch and never looked back.  The only sound I heard was the sound of his door closing.

 

The sound that you and I are about to hear is the sound of a door closing. . . . closing upon a past era.  For Elizabeth and me, this has been a phenomenal period of eighteen months filled with passionate caring for one another: pastor and people.  We are deeply indebted to you for your grace and generosity.  If we listen carefully, the next sound we will hear is the sound of a door opening.  Through that doorway will enter your new pastor, his wife, and two young daughters.  And behold!  A new era with the luster of a bright future at your fingertips!  May God bless you dearly in the years ahead! 

 

Behold, I stand at the door and knock;

if any hear my voice and open the door,

I will come in to them and eat with them,

and they with me.

                                                Revelation 3:20

 

Yours in Christ, faithfully,

Calvin Coolidge Wilson