In the whirlwind that has become my life this past month, I decided to accept a call to ministry at Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis Tennessee.
I spent time at Lindenwood over the weekend of June 11th. I attended services. I spent a morning with the search committee. Throughout my visit, I felt complete warmth and encouragement from the Lindenwood community. I pictured myself there.
Actually, the feelings Andrew and I shared at Lindenwood that weekend reminded us of the continued warmth and comfort we feel at Hope Central.
For our entire relationship, Hope Central has served as an important refuge for us. We came from different faith backgrounds. We explored different sanctuaries and styles of worship together as we sought a spiritual path for our relationship. And, through all of our relationship, our hearts remained tethered to the Hope Community.
Hope Central is the first Christian pulpit where Andrew preached.
Hope Central was the Jamaica Plain feature that moved us across the river from Somerville during Christmas, 2008.
Hope Central is the place Andrew and I discerned our call to ministry, and felt supported to pursue it in the summer of 2009.
Hope Central’s sanctuary is the first place Andrew and I co-lead worship as we continue to discern our call to joint ministry.
Hope Central is the place where Andrew and I first announced our call to ministry in Memphis.
It will be hard to leave.
I accepted a call to ministry at Lindenwood because I hope and pray that we will find a new tether in that community. We felt embraced there and welcomed there.
Today, I received a little note from a lovely woman on the Lindenwood Search Committee. The subject read “welcome home”:
Dear Sarah and Andrew,
I can’t help but be filled with a feeling of bookends… the two of you are somehow forever connected to my journey in a fun way` serendipitous it seems. Sarah you will make an incredible impact on the home of my faith and Andrew you will make an incredible impact on the non profit home that means most to me (Bridges). I can’t wait to see all that you two will accomplish and create in Memphis!
Her note immediately flooded my heart and mind with the calm, inviting love that I associate with Hope Central.
So we’re off. We’ll go to Memphis, eyes, arms, and hearts wide open.