Today is my final day as the pastor of Oak Grove UMC. Next Sunday Justus Booth will officially begin as Oak Grove’s new pastor. As the outgoing pastor, I welcome Bro. Justus and I hope that you will as well. I feel that Oak Grove UMC will be in excellent hands and I give my thanks to the District Superintendent for seeing fit to appoint him here. As for me, over the next couple of weeks I will be transitioning to the Kentucky Annual Conference where I will be serving a congregation while I attend Asbury Theological Seminary. I take this moment of personal privilege to let you know what’s going on in case you aren’t aware of the impending change and you are unable to attend the worship service this morning. In that vein, I also thank everyone at Oak Grove UMC for all of the love shown to Jessica and I over the last two and a half years. We will miss you all tremendously.
Someone asked me what my final sermon at Oak Grove UMC was going to be about. I can sum it up like this: Jesus loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it. We, as the church, are always connected through our Lord and nothing will ever change that. No matter where we go, no matter what we do, Jesus’ love remains and it connects us all. This love is important because, ultimately, it’s the very basis of what Christ did for us on the cross. He loves us so much that he died for us. That love endures, nothing can separate us from it and there’s nothing you can do about it!
I’d love to see you at 10:30. Come just as you are and bring someone with you. We will share a meal after worship too so you can come have your soul and your belly fed!
May the grace and peace of our Lord that transcends all things and barriers be with you.