Sunday we visited my former church. It was good to see all of my old friends and there were hugs all around. Pastor T., whom we adore, is leaving the church as we did. This was his final sermon there, and we didn't want to miss it.
It was hard to go back. In some ways, it reminded me of what we were missing at our new church, like the awesome praise and worship music. In other ways, it reminded me of what we have gained, like an awesome children's ministry. It felt odd to be there. I was not sure where I fit in anymore.
But God answered my prayer, right while I was standing there. Pastor B., who is taking over the ministries under Pastor T. asked me if I was going to continue my ministry there. He encouraged me to do so, asking what he could do to facilitate it and even offering to reserve the room for me! He wanted to find out more about the group, so he could send more women my way. This was the most encouragement I'd ever received regarding my group there. (And I've been there for 9 years!)
To be perfectly transparent, I had never connected with Pastor B. Not that we didn't get along, but he ministered to families with middle schoolers and older kids. My kids were in the younger children's group, so Pastor B. & I never really interacted. So to get all the positive feedback from him, was more a sign from God than if Pastor T. had said so.
So in the words of my former blog posting, I will continue my ministry so fabulous there. Because really, who am I not to be fabulous, gorgeous, talented and brilliant? Well, I'm not. But I serve a God who is!
Jeremiah 33:2,3 -- "This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'
Psalm 17:6 -- I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.
Matthew 21:22 -- If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.