Please know how deeply grateful I am for the privilege of being your priest and Rector for these 20 years; you are a blessing that I will carry on my heart and in my life and ministry forever. My heart is full of thanksgiving for your love shared with me and my family and particularly for your gifts to me in these last weeks among you and in our gathering for worship and celebration on the 18th. Looking out in worship at your loving faces and sharing in worship even as we said words of the ending of our pastoral relationship was gift and grace. Our evening together was spectacular!
Thank you for surrounding me with love, laughter, memories, music, loving gifts and your love offering. I am so deeply touched and humbled by your love, thank you! You have shined the light of Christ into my life and I will be grateful for your trust, faithfulness and care all my days. I will continue to shine the light of Christ everywhere I go as I think of you with cherished memory and know you will do the same as God continues to call you to ever new ministry and mission with Christ.
I want to thank the planning team, dinner team, clean-up team, entertainers, local dignitaries and interfaith friends, staff, wardens, gift trackers, attendees, and our fabulously entertaining master of ceremonies. It was truly a fabulous time together and celebration of our ministry! Thank you from the depths of my being. May God bless and keep you always.