New Life Notes #3 – One Man Show

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.  Amen. 

– Romans 11:33-36

 

It has been difficult to be away from my church family, my church duties, my church privileges and responsibilities for these too-many weeks following my heart attack and surgery. I miss you all tremendously. Yet, it has been a great blessing to see and hear how our people have rallied together to carry on in my absence with the work God has for us. Your prayers for me and for my wife and family have meant the world to me. We truly are a “one-man show.”

I hear reports of how our servant leaders here at Covenant have met the crisis and have revealed a strength of commitment and character that helps me realize what a blessing it is to be pastor of such a church. Danny Fierro, though not still on staff and when I was unable even to ask for his help, stepped in to officiate for a wedding at the extreme last minute. Chris Rhodes, clerk of Session, along with all our elders, called for special meetings to pray and plan. Folks, including missionary friends from across the globe, have stepped in to provide needed preaching and teaching and worship leadership. I am humbled and encouraged. And I realize we are a “one-man show.”

I understand that Julie Minedew, has filled in with various extra administrative duties added to her already-full plate of regular responsibilities and others have stepped up to provide support in the office. Organist Nancy Tedford has brought the choir together and provided musical direction and leadership. Kathy Ludwig has kept the children’s programs humming and brought a new and vital emphasis on prayer as part of our “one-man show.” The list of people providing sudden needed service goes on and much of it is beyond my awareness. Thank you all so much for being vital parts of our “one-man show.”

Having been completely out of commission for a little while and mostly out of commission for a longer while, I see the strength that is Covenant Church and that is utterly independent of me. I am grateful to have a place in our church family where my gifts can be used to good purpose, but I realize in a new way that when I am awake and when I am asleep, when I am present and when I am absent, we are in good hands. And why not? It is a “one-man show” after all.

People say that they miss me. I am glad, but I realize in a new way that this is not primarily an expression of need for things I can do: It is mostly a wonderful expression of the “one-man show” that is Covenant and that is The Church.

And of course the “One Man” of our “Show” is Jesus Christ our Lord.

From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Serving with You our One Man, One Lord, One Son-of-God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

Pastor Jay