My time as interim pastor at Calvary Church will soon come to a close. Naturally I have cause to be reflective of the two plus years serving in this capacity. As I reflect upon my relationship with many of you, I am drawn to Paul’s words to the Philippians, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.” (Philippians 1:3)
Paul was in prison for the gospel as he wrote these words. This gave him time out to reflect upon his relationship with the saints at Philippi and he remembered things which endeared him to them. Though I’m not in prison, and I’m still hanging around, my time as interim leaves me with special memories of endearment. After all, it is in times like this that our focus is drawn to the greater realities of life, those being, our relationships.
I soundly agree with whoever said relationship is everything. Relationship is everything because in it’s context there is an impartation, a feeding out and conversely a taking in of the dynamics of love, forgiveness, reconciliation, encouragement, and instruction by example to name a few. I’ve seen these dynamics in real life, in my relationship with many of you. We have been loving, kind, forgiving, encouraging, and helpful, etc. one toward the other. My heart is happy as I call to mind your peculiar sense of humor. Thanks for the medicine of laughter! We had fun as usual as you supported me in the encouragement of us being made strong in the Lord, like Popeye, my cartoon hero, was strong through spinach. I also heard someone call our church “the hugging church”. My experience tells me that is very appropriate. It is hard to frown and easy to smile when you genuinely hug somebody! People need acceptance and affection in a callous world.
Thanks for you participation and support in presenting the gospel during church services, prayer, Children’s Church, tithes for local benevolence/missioner support; Bible study; Here I Am Lord or Calvary Connecxion articles; monthly Bible Life events; outreaches – caroling, Cubit 4K, Prayer Chain, Women of Faith, Lebanon Link, Noon Meals, VBS Kid’s Camp, Practical Compassion; visitation support to widows, orphans and ill among us; Stay for Lunch; Facebook; and the web page. Many of you have served well, faithfully, and even sacrificially through this interim. Good Job!
At this stage, I am unsettled in the direction in Ministry going forward. It is a time of walking by faith, exploring options, and believing the Lord will place us where Harriet and I can joyfully and optimally serve the Lord, his church, and reach his people.
In remembrance of you, my beloved church, I am confident of your prayer and encouragement. We pray that the newly-formed body of Christ in this location will be all the Lord expects it to be and fulfill the vision His heart has for it. May many be saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, healed, and restored as they find Him through each one in the body. May Christ be Lord, the exalted head over all things in the leadership, ministry, vision, and body life of this church.
In the name above every name, Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen.
Rev. Mark Kutz, Interim Pastor