Sabbatical Time

From The NetworkJanuary 2019

Our senior pastor Pete is on sabbatical for the months of January through March, and in recognition of that he shared this poem of his creation in the church newsletter.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and
sisters. Amen (Galatians 6:18)

Sabbatical Time
Brothers and sisters we are,
bound together by days and years
of experience and emotion.

Knitted together by our Christ,
and by God’s Spirit,
brothers and sisters we are.

Grace the noun, and the verb,
what we share and
bless each other with along the way.

We journey now for a time apart,
yet in deepest reality we are
connected most deeply to each other.

How is it? How can it be
that this prayer holds us
close in the grace of God

When we don’t share
Worship and sacrament
Coffee and conversation?

It must be more, God, of your
Holy handiwork, for
Brothers and sisters we are.

So May the grace of Christ
Be with your spirit
In the days to come.

Let it be so! Amen.
Peter Hawkinson

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