we also did something different for the sermon portion. rather than have just one of us preach, the senior pastor (galen) and i had a "conversation" about the call of samuel and our own calls to ministry. this was a bit out of my comfort zone as a public speaker, but it went pretty well, i think, and we got a good deal of positive feedback about it.
at the end of the service it began to rain, so the picnic that was to follow was moved indoors. the picnic was an event that was to celebrate my ordination, and so it was fun to eat some of my favorite picnic foods (they designed the menu specifically for me!), and just celebrate this accomplishment with the people of my church. it was a joyful day.
i continue to be grateful for the great cloud of witnesses in my journey. there are so many individuals who have enriched this process for me. thank you to all of you.
grace and peace,
ps. happy fourth of july