Thank you hardly seems adequate. Thank you is appropriate. I thank you for the ways you have embraced me as your minister. I thank you for allowing me to lead worship and to share worship with you. I thank you for inviting me to teach you. I thank you for the times I learned from you about grace, hardship, heartache, and love. I thank you that, when I made mistakes, you gifted me with your understanding and grace. I thank you for the celebrations we shared, the laughter that made us feel better, and the confidence you placed in me to be your minister.
I thank you for the times we shared a meal together in your home or eating out. I thank you for the hard work you all do to make this church a beacon. I thank you for how you all keep making it happen, keeping the gospel relevant and yet nostalgic too. I thank you for being an inclusive church and embracing diversity — for that way, we can grow together. I thank you for the ways you were challenged by the gospel and remained faithful in word and deed. I thank you for the times you saw a new light.
I thank you that when a person was in need, member or nonmember, you provided help and care. I thank you for being my last official appointment and for sending me into the next chapter in good shape.
I thank you that you will continue to be the church in Irving and that you will continue to make that difference needed in our world so that the gospel is realized today. I thank you that I was able to leave some small portion of me here and take a great portion of you all with me.
Much love and gratitude,