Announcements, anouncements

Having (tearfully) made the announcement in church this morning, I can now tell all of you that it is the intention of Bishop Hassinger and the Cabinet of Troy Conference to appoint me to Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier and Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield, Vermont, effective September 1.

Clearly, there were a great number of tears this morning at the conclusion of the service, not a few of them my own.

Perhaps equally clearly (for anyone who knows me and/or Montpelier), I am very excited about this. My family and I are going to love living in Montpelier and I think there’s exciting ministry to be done there and in Plainfield. I’ll be closer to my mom and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, and hopefully (soon) my sister and her husband will wind their way back, too.

I gave a kick-butt sermon, too, about something entirely different, but I don’t know that I could have been as honest without the freedom that comes from a tiny bit of exciting behavior.

Of course, not many people will remember the sermon (so listen online!), since I made The Announcement after that.

Sermon: Lessons in What Not to Do

“Lessons in What Not to Do”

( June 29, 2008 ) Does God give us permission to question, to debate, to dialogue about the words we believe come from God? I believe so. I believe God tells us this strange and disturbing story to teach us that we must always question words that condone violence, even– perhaps especially– if those words claim to be God’s. (Genesis 22:1-14)