FROM THE PASTOR (January 13, 2021)

Dear Members and Friends of GPMC,

From Rev. Mark E. Diehl, Interim Pastor, Head of Staff

I thought I’d awaken to a world in mourning.
Heavy clouds crowding, a society storming.
But there’s something different on this golden morning.
Something magical in the sunlight, wide and warming.

I see a dad with a stroller taking a jog.
Across the street, a bright-eyed girl chases her dog.
A grandma on a porch fingers her rosaries.
She grins as her young neighbor brings her groceries.

While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.

So begin the opening words of Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman in her poem “The Miracle of Morning.” It reflects the positive side of my mixed feelings for 2021. This year brings the light of hope while threatened by the darkness of uncertainty. Yes, deaths are surging to historic national records of nearly 4,000 per day, and we must never minimize that terrible tragedy. At the same time, many take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones and their community. Effective vaccines have been developed by the scientific and medical communities at record pace, and these are now being distributed around the world to protect us. The light shines in the darkness.

GPMC sojourns through the transition with its challenges and opportunities. It may feel to you like the journey has been long already (even without a pandemic it can feel wearisome!). The pandemic derailed schedules and giving patterns in the congregation, creating delays and budget deficits. Yet leaders on the various transition teams have moved decisively through their tasks, and the Ministry Information Form created by our PNC is in its final stages of approval. Before long, dossiers from potential ministerial candidates will come flooding through the PNC’s mail for consideration. The light shines in the darkness.

The crucial issue for this faith community in facing chaos is how we stay together.

“While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.”

The light shines in darkness; the light accompanies us wherever we go; and the light draws us as community, so “we will weather this unknown together.”

Grace and peace, Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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