Grace to you and peace From God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to God for the generosity of the people of Lutheran Church of the Master, for the gift of sabbatical time this year. This fall I will celebrate my 20th anniversary of ordination and throughout those years I have served the preacher virtually every Sunday, in addition to a life on call. I look forward to the gift of the time to refresh, renew and recharge. The Sabbatical will begin May 22 and end August 21. In order for this to be a time away I will not be available to the congregation.
Worship will be led by Pr. Terry Daly, Pr. Jan Marvar, our youth worker Dylan Pyeatt and Assistants to the Bishop Pr. Heather Holland and Pr. Jack Eggelston. Pastoral care needs will be provided for by Pr. Daly and Pr. Marvar, who you can reach by contacting the church office.
This is also an opportunity for you the congregation. This is a chance for you break old habits, to consider how best to use my gifts and a time to take ownership of the ministry here.
Through an incredibly generous from the Lily Foundation National Clergy Renewal Program, all sabbatical expenses are covered, costing our congregation nothing.
My sabbatical time will be spent on three separate trips, interspersed with study time at home. First my wife Brandy and I will explore Greece while my parents take care of our children. Our whole family will later travel to Holden Village Lutheran Retreat Center for time together off the grid in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Finally, after training hard during July, I will head to Aigle, Switzerland for the Sufferlandrian National Cycling Team Training Camp.
While at home I will be working with Patti Wheeler on personal narrative storytelling and hoping to be able to share some of those stories on stage at Moth Storyslam events in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Later this fall Patti Wheeler will be with us offering a class on telling your story.
Again, I thank you for the gift of this time and I pray it will be a blessing to me, my family and the congregation here at Lutheran Church of the Master.
May the peace of Christ dwell in you always,
Pastor Paul Walters