- Published on 22 August 2012
A Word from the Minister Rev. Mark Hayes
Welcome to the start of a new church year. As you are probably aware, this will be my last with you as your minister, since I will be retiring next summer (July 31). As I will be discussing in my sermon on Sept. 14, this advance notice of my departure offers us the opportunity to be deliberate in tying up loose ends, reaching closure, saying goodbye, and crafting a “parting well-made.”
With the end of my tenure here approaching, I am led to reflect on this portion of my life and spiritual journey. I feel extremely fortunate that our paths have crossed, and indeed run in parallel for the past decade-and-a-half. This has probably been the most significant period of my spiritual journey, as it is here that I have really learned how to be a minister. It has been a great privilege to serve you and to learn and grow with you.
In a service last spring, I encouraged all of you to reflect on your own path through life. I also promised opportunities to share some of those reflections in this coming church year. And so, if you are interested in sharing a “Reflection from the Path” during a Sunday service in the upcoming months, please let me know so we can put you on the schedule.
What I have in mind is a three to five minute sharing about some piece of your spiritual journey. It might be about a particularly meaningful part of your path in the past that has helped shape who you are today. It might be about where your path is currently taking you. Or it might be about possible new directions your path might lead you into the future.
Yours in the spirit of shared ministry,