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"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

-- Romans 8:28

We Welcome Our Transition Pastor
Rev. Marie Branigan

It helps now and then,to step back and take the long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplished[lish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the Kingdom lies beyond us.
                            No statement says all that can be said.
                            No prayer fully expresses our faith.
                            No confession brings perfection,
                            No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
                            No program accomplishes the church's mission.
                            No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,knowing that they hold future Promise.
We lay foundationsthat will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers,not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.
                                We are prophets of a future not our own. 

                                            Archbishop Oscar Romero, El Salvador

              A Message from Rev.Marie Branigan
    These words of Oscar Romero's are about the best job description for an interim pastor that I could imagine! I have come to be with you for a little while, not forever, not even indefinitely, but for a time when the church is called to become "prophets of a future not our own."
    My role is to lead, guide and support you as you examine your foundations, water some latent seeds, plant a few new ones, and discover the rest of God's Spirit working amongst you. In this in-between time, I am here for you and ready to ministerwigh you in all ways possible. I look forward to learning along with you where you have been, who you are and where you might be heading in the future. I hope to share in your fellowship, to participate in your joys and sorrows, struggles and triumphs. Most of all, I hope to know you as sisters and brothers in Christ.    
    As we come to know one another, some of you may wonder: Can you stay if we Saskatoons you to? The answer is an unqualified no. As an interim, I get the joy of watching as new possibilities unfold, trusting in "the Lord's grace to enter in and do the rest." If our time together is fruitful, I will leave you well prepared to welcome your new pastor who will lead you in the next "fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work."
    So yes, this interim ministry I bring FPC Woodbury Heights may seem to be very much a case of "unfinished business." But that is as it should. For as Archbshop Romero duly notes, "the Kingdom always lies beyond us."

                                                                                Yours in Christ,
                                                                                        Marie Branigan 

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