To the Coast!

It’s that time again!

I received the news last week of my new appointment. At the end of June, our family is moving to Corpus Christi to serve Kelsey Memorial Iglesia Metodista Unida.  There’s no in-house website to link you to–my first day’s work?–but hey, the blog has never been set on the beach before. Maybe you’ll get a different vibe when you read.

We’re scheduled to move on Thursday, June 25th. So, our first Sunday in Corpus will be June 28th.

Deciding what liqour box to pack my Bibles in is a funny part of being a Methodist pastor.
Deciding what liqour box to pack my Bibles in is a funny part of being a Methodist pastor.

 

The move was not on my radar at all. That’s how it goes sometimes. As a pastor, I have begun to tie up loose ends and get an office ready for whomever will follow me. As a father, I’m trying to make sure my kids know I understand how hard this is for them. As a spouse, I’m thankful I’m in love with someone that supports me the way she does. As a person, I’m already overwhelmed by how the church and community have expressed their love for my family and I–we’re all touched by that. And I’m thankful for our new congregation we will meet soon.

We’ve moved before. This move, though, will be different for several reasons. Once I process them all, I’ll be able to better share them. For now, I would appreciate you adding our family to your list of prayers, and all pastors and churches going through the same transition. This is a part of being United Methodist. Believe it or not, it’s a good thing. It might not always feel like it, but all will be well.

I came across a quote while preparing my weekly email to the church.  Tell me this doesn’t apply to the uniqueness/peculiarity of our Methodist system!

“We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.”
-Paul David Tripp

As a matter of fact, I’d appreciate hearing how you take that idea.  Leave me a comment or email with your reaction to the thought about happiness and holiness.  What’s the difference between being happy and being holy?  Why would God have a preference?

Stay blessed…john

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