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Sept 28th - Thoughts from Katherine

Thoughts from Pastor Katherine 

September 28th 

This week I will be retreating as a part of Bethany Fellows. Bethany Fellows is clergy retreat for young clergy serving their first five years of ministry. It’s quite surprising that up to 40% of clergy leave congregational ministry in their first five years, however, Bethany Fellows are up to 90% to stay in congregational ministry. For everyone’s safety, we aren’t traveling away for this retreat but retreating at home. 

I tell you this for two reasons.  The first is to thank First Christian Church of McKinney for the financial support of this ministry for many years. Bethany Fellows is an outreach of FCC McKinney and I am incredibly grateful the church supports me being a part of it. The second reason I bring it up today is to invite you to retreat and sabbath. When we at the retreat, there’s 24 hours of silence where we spend time in prayer and discernment. We come back with the hopes of renewal, spiritually and physically.  

Some of us live in a world that is full of noise, some of us experience a quiet world. I encourage you this week to find even just a few moments of retreat, whatever that means to you. Retreat to spend time with God in God’s beautiful creation, to spend time finding renewal.  

 

Daily Lectionary Reading 

Monday, June 29: Psalm 47; Genesis 22:15-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 
OR Psalm 119:161-168; 1 Kings 21:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12