I wanted to say a note of thanks for a lovely service on Sunday. Having so many youth involved through music and leading, and a baptism of one I’ve journeyed with over the last seven years made my last service very special. I will treasure that service, and the kind words by Rusty, Erick on behalf of the board of CE and Alison on behalf of the youth for a very long time. One of the silver linings of Covid are the FBCH reordered services. I know my parents in Ontario, and aunts and uncles in both Ontario and Manitoba also joined in to be a part. A big thank you to Rusty, Jean and Jennifer Ferguson for organizing the reception in the afternoon. It was an intimate room to say a goodbye and thanks, and one of my favourite spots in the church. The photo album featuring memories of all different aspects of my ministry over this time will be treasured for years to come. I have appreciated the many cards, emails, texts, phone calls and coffee dates I’ve shared over the last three weeks since announcing my resignation. Your kind and warm words have been very affirming of my calling in ministry.
And a very big thank you to the congregation for the generous gift of The Stories of God At Home. A few people have asked me what that was, so I thought I would share. Godly Play has begun to resource families knowing that so much faith formation happens with our homes. They have put together different Godly Play stories designed to be told with families around the kitchen table, or out camping or on the living room floor. The church gifted our family with the complete set of stories and accompanying book. These are stories I have shared within the Godly Play room, and now have opportunity for my own family. It is very thoughtful and meaningful, and I’m grateful to Rusty, who I’m sure had a hand in choosing this gift. This set has some assembly required, so my (and Jamie’s) crafting skills will be in full gear, something we enjoy doing together. Thank you again, I will be thinking of you as we share these stories with Jamie and Joanna over the next several years.
In our most recent Bible Study with the youth, we focused on the book of Ephesians. It feels fitting to end with a prayer that we reflected on in our study, Ephesians 3:14-21. “For this reason, I bow my knees before God, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory, God may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through God’s Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to God who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Thank you again First Baptist, my prayers are with you for the years ahead. Until our paths cross again, God’s peace to you,
Rev. Jenny Eisener