Blog Post by
Rev. Vanessa Hawkins
Designated Associate Presbytery Leader
vhawkins@glpby.org 


Last Sunday was a busy day for the presbytery!
I started Sunday morning off listening to my GPS inform me that some of the streets to First Brighton were unverifiable. Not one to be derailed by GPS, I headed out only to get lost and be rescued later by a wonderful member of the church. My GPS took me to another church down the road. Thankfully, a member of Brighton collected me from the parking lot of the local museum and drove me to their beautiful edifice.
After the service I rushed to preach at Moro Presbyterian Church as they celebrated 170 years of service. Walking into the fellowship hall after the service, I was able to spend some time looking over 170 years of memorabilia. It was a delight to look over worship bulletins from decades ago, to listen to members identify their photos in the directories, and to listen to the third oldest member of the church tell stories about those who have passed on to join the Church Triumphant. I was reminded by their witness that this faith journey is built upon the faith of those who came before and our faith will be built upon by those who come after us.
My last stop of the day was the installation of Andrew Kasberg, as the new head of staff, at Dardenne Presbyterian Church.  It was a fitting end to a long day.  One theme that stood out that encapsulated the entire day was one of the opening praise songs “Who You Say I Am.” As I listened to the choir, I was reminded that we are indeed a chosen people, called and loved by God. That God, Emmanuel, is indeed with us – and does not stand against us. It was a beautiful song reminding me that as a child of God I truly belonged to God and that Christ died so that we could be free.
As we continue to journey through this Advent season—let us be like the African Sankofa Bird – looking back while walking into the future. In this season of waiting – let us pause for a brief moment. Take time to give thanks to God for the faithful witnesses who have gone before us. Pause and give thanks for being one of many being used by God to prepare the path for those who will come after us. And for all these things we give thanks.
Rev. Vanessa Hawkins

0 Comments

  • Posted December 11, 2018 4:00 pm
    by
    Marc Wendleton

    Thanks for a wonderful Sunday.
    Marc

    • Posted December 12, 2018 9:50 am
      by
      Vanessa

      Thanks Marc. I really enjoyed the day.

  • Posted December 11, 2018 4:04 pm
    by
    Susan Andrews

    Love the image of the Sankofa Bird. That one will preach!

    • Posted December 12, 2018 9:51 am
      by
      Vanessa

      It is one of my favorite symbols. Thanks. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

  • Posted December 11, 2018 8:32 pm
    by
    Victoria Sherman

    Thank you, Vanessa, for sharing your thoughts and experiences of a busy day, packed with both blessings and stresses. I am uplifted by your message to us.

    • Posted December 12, 2018 9:52 am
      by
      Vanessa

      Thank you Victoria. It was a good day for me also.

  • Posted December 18, 2018 2:41 pm
    by
    Chris Keating

    Thanks for your pastoral presence and leadership. You bring us many gracious gifts!

    • Posted December 19, 2018 11:28 am
      by
      Vanessa

      Chris, thank you for the kind words. I have truly enjoyed working with you.

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