Our Prayer Was Answered
“See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9
What an honor it is to be called to serve as Priest-in-Charge at Emmanuel! I am very
excited for January when our journey together will begin in earnest. Meanwhile, these words from the prophet Isaiah do seem just right for a first little note in the newsletter. Indeed, the Lord God is beginning a new thing for the parish and for me. I am not sure I can “now declare what they are even before they spring forth”…. but I love the prophet’s confidence in God.
The verse implies that God is so generous that good things are already about to spill over the edge of the cup. Isaiah always points toward God taking action in the world and in our lives. I like that. I can sink my teeth into that kind of hopefulness. It means that God is both present with us now in this time of transition as well as in the future.
I am looking forward to joining with you on November 4th at the stewardship dinner and meeting with you and connecting face to face. Let us be in prayer for the parish and this time of transition for all involved. Let us come to God with the confidence of Isaiah knowing that the Holy Spirit is bringing forth new things that will be both blessing and challenge to us all in the months ahead.
In Christ’s glad service, Rev. Patti+
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