I'm The New Kid on The Block
Hi everyone! My name is David Grant. I will be your interim pastor until you call a new full-time pastor.
What is an interim pastor? The analogy that works best for me is I’m your relief pitcher. My job is to pitch the best I can and keep the team in the game until we win.
The time will come when I will be asked to go back into the bullpen but until then, I promise you maximum effort and the best I can possibly give you.
You have been served so faithfully by Pastor Rich for so many years he is the only pastor many of you know. What an honor and privilege it is to follow such a man who served you so well. There is going to be a time of grief following your goodbye and farewell. I know that. It’s hard to say goodbye to friends in Christ, particularly ones that have been there by your side through thick and thin.
To be honest, right now it feels a little like being Steve Dreyer. Who was Steve Dreyer? The pitcher who came into replace the legendary baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan in his last baseball game.
So here I am. On the mound… ready to pitch and keep the team in the game.
Now baseball is not played with just one player. It takes nine players to play the game. Someone needs to be my catcher (we already have Penny, our office manager), another shortstop, another left field, etc. We all need to do our jobs to the best of our ability in order to keep the team in the game. Some are called to be teachers, some are called to be singers, some are lead to be worship leaders and some are called to just come and worship. Worship is the work of God’s people. When you are in worship with us, our team is so much better!
I look forward to meeting all of you. My door is always open. Right now my official office hours are 9:00 am – 12:00 Noon Monday – Thursday. Friday is my day off. We are parenting two grandsons ages 13 and 11 so I do my share of going to soccer games, doctor appointments, etc.
Please feel free to call me on my cell phone 952-737-7474 any time of day or night. I am here to serve you. I especially want to know if you are in the hospital or have a family emergency or experience a death.
When I was ordained 38 years ago, I was a little put out that my father had not called me down into his office to share some words of wisdom about being a pastor from father to son. As we sat in church before worship began, he leaned over to me and said, “Dave, I have just two words I want you to remember always. Preach Christ.” That’s all he needed to say. That’s all I needed to hear. Profound words of wisdom and Gospel now engraved on my heart.
Preach Christ. That’s all I’ve ever sought to do every Sunday and every day of the week. Preach Christ and live Christ in word and deed. If I ever fail to do so, please call me on it.
So our new journey begins. Abraham and Sarah did not always know where they were going but trusted and lived in faith. The disciples did not know from day to day where Jesus was going but they followed their Lord and Master. We are not alone. Remember the words of Jesus, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) The Gospel has called us together to be the church. As we begin this new phase of the journey be assured the Lord God Almighty is guiding us, Jesus, the Great Shepherd is leading us and the Holy Spirit is breathing into us new life and energy along the way.
I so look forward to meeting you. Until then, God’s grace be with you this day!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor David Grant
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