Over the past few years, I have written often about the changing seasons—especially in the spring. There is something about this time of year that invites us to look around at the new things beginning to grow and think ahead to what’s next. There’s a certain consistency to that change each year. It’s predictable, comforting, and hopeful.
Despite its consistency, it’s almost never the same. As the years go by, we find ourselves in new places with different people at another phase of our journey. The Apostle Paul writes, “What then is Apollos? What then is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-6). In this part of the letter to the Corinthians, Paul addresses those who have been trying to define themselves by a particular leader like Paul or Apollos. Paul reminds them that there have been different people there during different seasons of their lives, but God is constant throughout. God gives the growth and is there for the whole journey.
As you may have already heard, we will be entering a new phase of our journey here at LCOR as we undergo some staff transitions. June, our office administrator, is retiring, and Phil, our Contemporary Music Director, will be moving on. We as a church give thanks for them, for the work they have done and the ministry we have shared over the years. Their time here has been invaluable to the congregation and community, and they will be greatly missed. We pray that God will continue to guide and bless them as they transition into their next season.
We also pray for those who will join us and take on these roles in our next season at LCOR, that we will receive them with joy. Recalling Paul’s words to the Corinthians, we remember that through all the seasons and the many people we encounter, God is always there with us. God is there through the seasons of goodbyes, and transitions, and greetings, and new beginnings. God gives the growth.
May we as a faith community grow into this next new season with God.