“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis
One of the great blessings I count at San Dieguito UMC are the numerous clergy colleagues connected to our church family. There have been many times throughout the last year that one or more of these esteemed colleagues has been present in the pulpit, taught children at VBS, facilitated a small group, arranged a retreat, led worship at Vespers, assisted in a baptism, etc… More importantly, I count these dear colleagues as friends and mentors in the journey of life and ministry.
This Sunday one of those friends, Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin, will be present with me in worship and she will share the message. In our Annual Conference Faith was the first woman ordained an elder, first woman pastor-in-charge, first woman district superintendent, and the first woman to serve as senior pastor of a multiple-staff church. She is also the first pastor-in-residence at Claremont School of Theology.
It is a great honor to call her my friend! I hope you will join us as she shares the message on this Second Sunday of Easter. Faith will be guiding us through John 20:19-29. This is the passage in which Jesus comes after the resurrection to bring the worried disciples (his friends) peace and proclaims to these friends, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:19).
Have a blessed weekend and see you at 8 AM (in the Chapel) or 9 AM and 10:30 AM (in the Sanctuary). Also, thank you for sharing wonderful hospitality to the many visitors last weekend. It was so good to hear people comment, “This is such a friendly church!”
Grace and Peace, John