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The Pastor’s Pen

WOW!!!  What a busy two weeks I have had: my Journey Partners class the last week of February; my interview for the Board of Ordained Ministry last Monday; the Flock on Tuesday; and a social work continuing education event in Natchez Wednesday through Friday of last week.  I am truly thankful to be at my personal home and my church home.

I guess that it is common knowledge by now that my interview went well.  I will be commissioned at the Annual Conference in June as a provisional deacon.   I want to take this opportunity to thank my church family for all that you have done to support me and to enable me to reach this step on the tall ladder to ordination.  It is our co-laboring that has made this possible.  You, my church family, have continued to support me and to allow me to work with you and for you.  You showed confidence in my call even as I had to question each aspect of it so as to better explain it to the Board.   You sent cards and texts of support and encouragement.

Last Monday, as Hannah (a candidate from Tupelo, St. Luke) and I drove for the three hours to Jackson our phones constantly “dinged” with well wishes and prayers of support.  Your prayers and God’s response to them allowed me a calm and clear mind to answer the important questions, which are necessary to ordination.  I am convinced it was your presence and God’s with me, which allowed success.

As we move through the season of Lent, we are embarking on a study and sermon series entitled: Listen to Him.  Brother Tim’s sermon about the Mount of Transfiguration, where God said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to Him” (Luke 9:35b), set the stage for our journey.  This week’s scripture lesson is Luke 11: 5-13, the audacious neighbor at the door.  We will listen to Him, as Jesus teaches us how to pray and tells us what he promises us as a result of our prayer.  Let us indeed use our season of Lent to allow time to listen, truly listen to the voice of Jesus.

Love in Christ,
Jill