Thank You

As I was preparing to write my last newsletter article, I looked back at the promises we made to each other. Those promises are sometimes called a covenant, and we formalized it all during The Act of Installation, done at a worship service held about nine months after I arrived. Here is what we pledged:

 

Part 1:

Congregation:  We come to you with our hopes and our fears. Will you lead us in building a welcoming religious community, tolerant and appreciative of our differences, loving and compassionate of heart, courageous and independent in spirit?

Minister:  I will.

Congregation:  We come to you with our joy and our pain. Will you listen to us, walk with us, challenge us and dare us to grow?

Minister:  I will.

Congregation:  We come to you in celebration and in sorrow. Will you lead us in laughter, join us in tears, support us in change?

Minister:  I will.

Congregation:  We come to you in confusion and despair. Will you struggle with us and stand with us, reason with us and reflect with us, as we strive to walk in the spirit and the ways of truth?

Minister:  I will.

Congregation:  We come to you overwhelmed by others’ needs. Will you keep us in touch with their pain and their worth, bring us renewal to keep on the way?

Minister:  I will.

Congregation:  We come here not knowing why we are here. Will you teach us, listen to us, care for us, play with us? Will you challenge us to stretch and grow?

Minister:  I will.

Congregation:  We come here seeking nourishment for our troubled spirits. Will you point out the rainbows, show us the sacred, teach us to sing?

Minister:  I will.

Congregation: We come here hoping to build the world we dream about.  Will you help us remember to stay grounded in our faith and aware of any privilege we may have as we act for justice?

Minister: I will.

Congregation: Will you share with us the joy and the rapture and the toil and the pain of a working ministry?

Minister: I will.

Congregation: These are awesome responsibilities you undertake this day. We ask you to search your heart once again. Do you really mean it?

Minister: I do

 

Part 2:

Minister: I come to lead, but you are leaders too. I come to inspire, but you have vision too. I come with gifts, but you bring talents too. Will you join with me and everyone in our congregation to welcome all to our table?

Congregation:  We will.

Minister: Will you work with me to serve our neighbors, to feed their bodies, their hearts, and their minds, as we feed our own?

Congregation: We will.

Minister: Will you walk with me when our faith is shaken, our spirits are low?

Congregation: We will.

Minister: Will you share with me your talents and your gifts?

Congregation: We will.

Minister:  Will you share with me the joy and the rapture and the toil and the pain of our ministry?

Congregation:  We will.

Minister: These are awesome responsibilities you undertake this day. I ask you to search your hearts once again. Do you really mean it?

Congregation: We do.

Minister and Congregation: Thus, do we pledge. May we remember always the spirit of this covenant and the promise of its fulfillment.

 

In this, my last newsletter article, my last “love note” to you, I want to thank you for fulfilling your promises to me. You have done every one of those things you pledged to do, and together we have shared a ministry that has served the mission of the church. Together, we have created an even brighter beacon of liberal religion in Boulder County.

Part of my professional code of conduct as a minister is that I am not to be in touch with the UUCB community so that a new ministry can take form. Once you have a settled minister, that person can decide if and when it would be helpful for me to engage with the congregation and how.

 

I hope you will attend the worship service on Sunday June 30th at 10:00 am. At that time, we will have the chance to release each other from the covenant we have had and celebrate our time together.  

 

With so much love,

Rev. Kelly