Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
I write this with a heavy heart. Our family will be moving this Monday to Portland, so that I can be a resident at Hinson Church. Over the last few years, it has been apparent that I need some further pastoral training and I am thankful to have the opportunity to learn and study under their guidance.
With that said, I just want to say how grateful I am for the past 5 years, in which I’ve had the privilege of being your Associate Pastor. It is and will be, one of the great honors and privileges of my life. Memories flood my mind and overwhelm my emotions at what a wonderful church you are. I love you all and trust God that you will be cared for by the pastors/elders while you follow Christ.
Thank you for caring for my family, for supporting us, and for your friendships. August 6th will be our last Sunday worshipping with you all and I look forward to seeing you and saying goodbye.
And if you give me but a few more minutes of your time, I’d like to say one more thing. I don’t know what is on the horizon for any of you, but I do know that God is in control, God is good, and God will comfort you. I don’t know what will come around the next bend, but I do know that Christ with accompany you through life’s twists and turns. I don’t know the future in particular, but I do know the future in general, and that future is bright, and glorious, and heavenly.
Some nights I sing to my children. I’ll gaze in their eyes and sing, “He’s got the whole world in his hand, He’s got the whole world in his hand, He’s got the whole world in His hands, He’s got the whole world in His hands”. Nothing could be truer. He’s got each and every one of you in his hands and so I leave with that wonderful comfort.
Christ is such a wonderful Savior. And each and every day, it is incumbent for us all, to gaze into his beautiful face and worship him as Lord. That is where true joy and happiness reside.
I am excited for this next season in the Branch’s life. Josh is coming back from sabbatical in early August, new interns will be coming in September, and as always, new freshman faces and new members will be part of our church. The future is bright.
So let us all say, like a Saint of old, “no retreats, no reserves, no regrets”. Let that be our anthem, as we know Christ and make him known.
I love you all,
Stephen and Lisa Brucker