“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(I Thessalonians 1:2-3, NRSV)
Thank you! How hard can that be to say? I am struggling with those simple words. After twenty years of shared ministry with you, it is impossible to cover with mere words all that is in my heart about our time together at Westminster. You have been gracious and loving, helpful and stimulating, comforting and challenging, supportive and nurturing; you have stood the test of time. It’s best to keep it simple: Thank you!
I am grateful for the opportunity to volunteer a bit “around the edges” and so still be helpful as Sue and I embrace retirement. No longer in a leadership position, I want to affirm the good team you have in place as Westminster moves forward. Scott as Head of Staff is ably leading both your elders and deacons and a marvelous team of staff members. I rejoice that Bill Ekhardt will be joining the team as Interim Associate Pastor.
You hosted a wonderful dinner looking back on my years of ordained ministry with you and the churches I had served before coming to Des Moines. Your words and your presence made that event so very meaningful! It was a real blessing for Sue and myself, especially since all three of our children were able to be present. They sensed the power of the fellowship that was shared around those tables. And you can obviously keep a secret; I had no idea that you would be giving me that marvelous guitar!
You celebrated my ministry enough to embarrass me! Please allow me to celebrate your ministry as well! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! - Ken
To watch the slideshow from the party or view pictures from the retirement dinner and reception click here.