Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Colchester Letter of Acceptance

Brothers and Sisters,

With great gladness I wholeheartedly accept your call to be the next pastor of the United Church of Colchester. I consider it a great honor that you have entrusted me with the leadership of your flock. I covet your prayers and partnership as I learn to be your shepherd. Without doubt, the Holy Spirit has orchestrated our coming together; what exciting plans are in store for us as we learn what it means to be deeper and more faithful followers of Christ together.

From the time we stepped off the plane to the moment we boarded back on, Irie and I felt right at home in your company. Christ has given you a vision for the making of His Kingdom among you. We are excited about this vision and want to be a part of the good things God is doing in your lives.

As your new pastor, I hope to build upon the foundation Steve has built over the last two years. We were made in the image of our Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The image is one of pure relationship. The church is called to reflect that image in a relational way. I look forward to leading, guiding and directing the people of United Church of Colchester into deeper and richer relationship with God and one another.

We are already making plans for our arrival early next year. We will head to Texas to visit my folks for Christmas and then begin packing for the journey into the Great Northeast. First among the things we are packing are our snow shovels, our snow boots, and our snow Bibles. We can hardly wait.

As we journey along this Advent season, we celebrate what it means to wait upon the coming of our Lord. Let us enter into this time with prayerful hearts and great imagination as we wonder at all that Christ will do in and among us over the coming years. ‘Tis the season.

Rev. Ryon L Price