Interim Pastor’s Farewell to KUC

Interim Pastor’s Farewell to KUC
February 10, 2014

Reverend Dr. Donald Dempsey

It has been thirteen months that I have served you as your Interim Senior Minister.  This past Sunday, February 9th I preached my last sermon and together we shared in a Litany, at the end of the service, “Prayers of Sending and Farewell.”  As part of that prayer, I thanked the members and friends of Kenilworth Union Church for “the love, kindness, and support shown to me.”  You expressed your gratitude for my time among you and surrounded by your love you sent me on my way with God’s blessing. It was indeed a wonderful time of worship and celebration for us all.

I leave with a deep gratitude for having had the opportunity to serve at Kenilworth Union Church this past year.  It has been a privilege for me and for Meg to be ministering with all of you.  You all have welcomed and embraced us from the very beginning.

It has been a year of healing; a year of providing stability in the midst of uncertainty, calming the waters and assuring each other that things are in God’s hands and under God’s control.  Our time together has given you, the congregation, and time to realize that KUC is a community of great faith, a caring and loving congregation with great leadership, with active and meaningful programs, which bring you together to love and support one another in both the good and difficult times.  In this past year, we have all realized that God provides and that God deeply loves and cares for us all.

Together we have worshiped and celebrated God’s presence among us, experienced God’s blessing in both the reading and the proclamation of the word;  sung hymns of praise, experienced music lifted up for God’s glory by our choirs.  Our children’s and youth ministry programs continued to thrive and be of great importance to the life and vitality of this congregation.  We have welcomed and received new members as well as a confirmation class of over 60 ninth graders.  We have shared with great joy the sacrament of Baptism at Sunday worship.  We have gathered around the Lord’s Table to share the bread of life and the cup of salvation.  We have shared common meals together, we have prayed together and we have studied together. We have come together to memorialize and to celebrate the lives of loved ones, who died this past year, proclaiming Christ victory over death. Together we believe that our loved ones were received and welcomed into God’s eternal and everlasting kingdom.

This is a great church, with a great history, and a great future.  Again thank you for allowing me to serve you as your Interim Senior Minister.  Meg and I will continue to cherish the friendships that we have made and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely in Christ, Don and Meg