Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical
hermionesviolin

and in this beautiful weather, I am grieving

I knew this was coming, but still...
From: RevLauraRuth Jarrett
[FirstChurch Mailing List] News from me

Dear Beloved,

In January, I wrote to you to say I was feeling a pull to look for full time work, perhaps work as a solo pastor. I promised to let you know how things were progressing in my search, so that we may accompany each other.

Today, I’m writing with great joy and sadness to say that I will be leaving First Church Somerville because I have been called to be the pastoral candidate at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain. My last Sunday at First Church Somerville will be May 9, 2010.

On Sunday, April 18, I will lead the morning services at Hope Central. Assuming an affirmative vote at their congregational meeting just after the service, God willing, I will begin there on June 1, 2010. Some say the vote is a formality, and it may be, but I would surely be glad for your prayers.

This gives us five more weeks to be together, to say goodbye, to bind up what needs to be bound, and then to set each other loose. When I leave, I won’t stop loving you, and thinking about you. I won’t stop praying for you for a long while. But our work together will be finished. We get five weeks to finish our work together, before I go to become the pastor to another congregation.

The position I’ve held as Minister of Outreach and Evangelism was intentionally designed to be a two year contract. Designing and hiring for this position was a practice of faith to see how God would use First Church Somerville. There is already in place a process by which a committee of the Church Council will evaluate this position and plan for the congregation’ s next step in faith. Questions about this process and the committee can be directed to Ian [surname redacted].

I’m so grateful to have served such a healthy community as First Church Somerville, a congregation with wonderful and strong leadership. I’ve learned so much from Molly and Ian, and from all of you. My experience at FCS has helped prepare me for this next great adventure to which God has called me.

My work with you is important to me, and I will continue to work with attention and love until I leave on May 9. I will continue my open office hours on Thursday evenings from 5:15-7 PM at the Blue Shirt Café. Come by and have a little dinner with me. Let me know how you are, and let me know what you’re thinking.

[...]

All my love,
Laura Ruth
In my reply, I said, "I will miss you very much, but they are blessed to have you," and in her reply, she said, "I will miss you, also, totally miss you."

Hope Central Church has on their frontpage:
Our pastor candidate: Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett

We're excited to announce that Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett has been chosen as the final candidate for pastor of our church. Find out about her in a letter from our Search Committee and this brochure about the candidate. Then plan to attend a get-acquainted breakfast on 4/17, the 10:30 a.m. worship on 4/18 which will be led by the candidate, and a congregational meeting after that worship service to vote on the appointment as pastor.
Edit: And when I got home tonight, I had a hardcopy of the letter in my maiilbox, courtesy of the FCS church office. Well-done, church.

And from Molly's email tonight:
You've gotten Laura Ruth's news by now. I know you grieve, as I do, and wonder: what will it be like without her? Without her drumming, her preaching, her kind and searching eyes, her way with words, her love? Well, we'll find out. We're good, at First Church, about continually setting people free into their vocations, though we may not much like it when it comes time to say goodbye. One thing I know: the Holy Spirit will still bind us together in love, and more people, other people we will fall in love with, and who will love us, are on the way. We just don't know them yet.
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