"Observation shows that the story that the dying swan sings is false."
But the legend persists in the phrase "swan song." So here it is, my last post.
First, I want to express my deep appreciation for all the love and encouragement I'm receiving as I head into retirement. Specifically, I want to say THANK YOU to the members and friends of First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills. Your generosity and prayers have moved me to tears.
This, my last parish, has been the best! (Don't tell the other churches.) For years I dreamed of a congregation that reflected the heavenly vision of Revelation 7:9 -- "...a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language..." We weren't wearing white robes, and we didn't amount to a great multitude, but we came from all over the globe to join our hearts in worship! And we have served God as sisters and brothers of Jesus.
As I say farewell, I want to repeat my promise to pray for you (individually and corporately). I know you have the spirit and the gifts, and you will welcome the next pastor to continue the journey as you continue:
+to welcome all people into our diverse family of Christian faith and fellowship,
+to experience and celebrate God’s presence in worship and daily living,
+to share the love of Christ by reaching out to those in need, and
+to proclaim by word and deed the message of God’s love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
And since blogging has been part of my way of communicating since around the time of the introduction of the first iPhone, I plan to continue reflecting on my journey into retirement with a new one:
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--Jack Lohr, Former Pastor