Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hoping To Reimerge Soon!

I know my updates have been few and far between lately; thank you for being so patient!

At the moment, I am scrambling to get my approval essay finished (due Sept 1). For those who do not know, this is the last part of the candidacy process, which lasts for the four years of seminary. The essay is about 20 pages long and is based on Trinitarian theology. This is to see how well the candidate is able to articulate their theology and call to ministry. After the paper is done, I will meet with a faculty panel at the seminary and my candidacy committee back in the Northwest. It is both exciting and terrifying. If I do well, I will be approved for ordained ministry. Yikes!

In the midst of all this, I have just preached my last sermon at my internship site. This upcoming Sunday (26th) will be my last at the church. Honestly, I have not had much time to grieve this loss, and may not until I am back on campus. It is truly a loss in many ways, as the year has been amazing and I have a deep love for this congregation. Part of being in ministry is having to really say goodbye. We are not supposed to stay in contact with the congregation members, as it would greatly affect their ability to move on to bonding with the new minister. So, the goodbyes are truly goodbyes.

Please, if you could, be in prayer for not only myself but also for the congregation as we approach these next ten days. It will be a crazy ten days for sure, and I am looking forward to being able to move past this period into calmer days! I would especially like to ask for prayers that I finish my approval essay and that the work that is done will be of quality. Last minute writing can be a little iffy!

More updates to come...

1 comment:

Sue said...

My prayers are with you. You are a strong person and one that is meant to serve the Lord and that will shine in both your paper and interview.