December 21, 2018Dear friends of Kootenay Presbytery,You know well that in a matter of days, our denomination will undergo its single greatest transformation since Union in 1925. While this signals the end of being together as a presbytery, by no means does this mean goodbye.Already a “Beyond Team” is working on a faith festival to take place in June.Already there is talk of how to support congregations less formally than we have known.Already some are thinking of committees to join with the Pacific Mountain Region, which will assume many of the tasks we have done as presbyters. (You might have been looking forward to a rest, but be prepared to have your shoulder tapped at some point!)I, for one, am so grateful for what Kootenay Presbytery has done. We have brought important issues to BC Conference and to General Council, and back to our congregations; we have cared for each other; we have sought faithful ways to be the followers that Jesus might have foreseen; we have disagreed, and continued in loving relationship; we have asked much of each other, encouraging one another for the endurance required to partner with God to fulfill the promised kin-dom.I will look back on this time with great fondness, and I will look forward with hope and gratitude.At our final meeting, your Planning and Visioning Team raised our mugs of tea to all of us and our work. I hope you will do that same, taking some time to appreciate our time together.And may you all experience the hope, peace, joy, and love of this season of Advent and Christmas.Much peace to you,GregRev. Greg Powell, Chair
The United Church of Canada
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We are at a doorway that leads into a new way of being church.
At this doorway
we are not alone:
God has invited us to gather courage from the great cloud of witnesses before us,
as we remember what was…
Christ has challenged us to accept his radical call to discipleship,
as we acknowledge what is…
The Spirit has led us to be Christ’s Church,
as we imagine what will be…
At this doorway:
We take courage in the assurance that God is with us;
we affirm our call to go where Christ leads; and
we trust the Spirit to guide us through the challenging space between what was, what is, and what will be.
Surely, we are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
As we greet each new doorway,
let us give all thanks and glory to God,
whose power working in us
can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the church, and through the Spirit,
now and forever,