From the Pastor's Desk

A Message from Our Pastor, Rev. Sharon Pajak

 

Farewell My Friends - There are so many ways to say “good-bye.”
In “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare wrote, “Parting is such sweet sorrow. That I say good night till it be morrow.”
In Roger’s and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” the children sing “So Long, Farewell,” the children sing in English, French and German:

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu
So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans made famous the song “Happy Trails,”
Happy trails to you, until we meet again!
Happy trails to you, keep smiling until then!

And there are tons more, I’m sure. But none of these really convey my sentiments as we face the time when I will no longer serve Desert Chapel as pastor, but instead our relationship will change to one of fellow Christ-followers working to bring about the kingdom in different places.
As United Methodists, we will always share common ministry, as we seek to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world, and from time to time our paths will cross as we support one another in ministry.
I know Desert Chapel has an ambitiously amazing future in store, as you begin the new way of ministry – one in which the laity take the reins of mission and outreach, compassionate care and congregational development while the pastor focuses primarily on worship and pastoral care and calling. The TREX Leadership Board has been preparing for this transition for many months, and many of you have stepped forward to participate in new and exciting ways. The ministry will thrive and flourish for years to come as all pull together, lending strength and passion for the saving of the world.
And so I will not say “good-bye,” but merely leave you with the words of that old familiar hymn by Jeremiah Rankin, “God Be with You till We Meet Again.”
God be with you till we meet again;
by his counsels guide, uphold you,
with his sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.
God be with you till we meet again;
neath his wings securely hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.
God be with you till we meet again;
when life's perils thick confound you,
put his arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.
God be with you till we meet again;
keep love's banner floating o'er you,
smite death's threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.


Peace, Pastor Sharon