4:12am. That’s the moment the birds nested in the trees outside our bedroom window began to sing this morning. I heard because I was awake and in prayer. The night before, I had a family on my heart and I felt prompted to simply pray blessing over them. Last night/this morning, I was getting an early start on my daily prayer list that I keep on Google Drive for easy access. It is four pages, single spaced, and growing almost weekly.
As we pray, God works. Little prayer, little power. Some prayer, some power. Much prayer, much power.
And as we pray, we hear from our God of unfailing love. So many times, God speaks to me through His people. A couple of weeks ago, I shared our proposed fall worship schedule with you. That blog elicited some excellent feedback and most helpful critiques. Our team is processing all of this and we hope to provide you with an update next week. Your feedback matters to us and is carefully considered. Thank you again.
I have also been praying about the burden of change here at Pearce. If I may, let’s focus in on the burden of change as it relates to our pastoral team. I honestly didn’t realize that, as I accepted the appointment to become your lead pastor, we were about to undergo such a drastic change in staff. I am so glad that Dr. Harold Scott rejoined our team. We are glad for the faithful presence of Lydia Monroe as our Executive Director of Pearce 4 Kids and Honna Curtis as our Executive Administrator. But beyond that, as you all know, there has been a complete turnover of our pastoral team. And at a church like ours, that has been blessed with continuity in leadership, that can feel overwhelming at times.
As I pray, I believe I am sensing God’s response. I share this with you humbly, but what I am sensing from the Lord is reminding me of His promise in Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing ….” Perhaps these changes are a part of the plan that our God of unfailing love has laid out for us. Perhaps our God of unfailing love is preparing us and positioning us for the blessing He is about to unleash for Pearce, and through us, to the westside of Rochester and beyond.
Is change awkward? Yes! Is change a burden? Yes! But could these changes also be God at work?
Please continue to pray as we seek to keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). This is not about me. This is His Church. We are here to be and make disciples of Jesus that love God and neighbor. We fulfill this in our daily desire to look, live, and love like Jesus.
It is a joy to serve with you and among you. Please, please, please keep praying that God will give me, and us, His wisdom, His blessing, and the fruitfulness that He has promised in John 15.