My church is going through a transition from our newly former lead pastor as of Monday to a new lead pastor. The transition was so smooth and our church was so unified behind the whole process, that it was a beautiful testimony of what the church should look like.
On Sunday we honored our former lead pastor with an open house celebration. Part of the celebration was a chicken wings eating competition of the former lead pastor and the assistant pastors. The new lead pastor was the emcee.
We had a cardboard cutout picture of Pastor Mark for people to take pictures. There were plenty of snacks, greetings, and fun.
I had not met the new pastor before Sunday. I figured there are many people who will want his time and attention and he would be swamped. BUT I remembered a comment he made when talking about what he would miss about Texas. He said he would miss Mexican food.
Well, my home city has a large Hispanic population, two large Mexican markets and specialty shops. I took pictures of some of the locations and sent them to the new pastor via Facebook messenger.
Saturday afternoon I asked my friend Gerardo if he knew where I could get some tamales. Gerardo said he would get 2 dozen for me. He brought them Sunday morning and I put them in a refrigerator at church. The new pastor took them home for his family to eat for dinner.
It was a wonderful Sunday but it wasn’t over yet. Gerardo and his wife invited me over for dinner. Carne Asada- LOVE IT 🙂 and Yes the tortillas were gluten free corn tortillas.
Unity in the church was so important to Jesus that he prayed about it before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion. In John 17 we read;
“I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Anyone who observed the transition of pastors in my church, observed the open house celebration, and the enthusiastic welcome the new pastor and his family have received would know that the Father sent Jesus. 🙂
Thank you for reading. God Bless.