One of my favorite sayings is a UCC slogan, “God is still speaking.”
Yes God is—God will continue to speak through Angie in whatever new is awaiting her; God will continue to speak through Beloved Community Church in whatever new is awaiting you.
New beginnings are preceded by endings. Hanging in the in-between time of this already, but not yet can be challenging. And, we have the experience of the history of the people of God, and your history here at Beloved to know that God is always calling us forward in love. You my friends, beautifully embody that Love.
And know my friends as you bid farewell to your beloved Angie as your pastor, she will forever carry you in her heart; and you will forever carry her in your hearts—all united as one beloved family in Christ.
That Spirit which swept over the face of the waters, swept over Mary, flamed the fires that Pentecost morning, the Spirit which first drew Angie, and you to be a part of this Beloved community, is present in each of us still.
The Spirit, the Advocate which Jesus promised to his disciples is still stirring and will carry Angie, and each of us individually, and Beloved as a community, as we turn our corners.
-Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan
January 10, 2016
Beloved Community Church