It's been quite a week! But what a week it was! By my rather unaudited final count, I figure that I voted 347 times over the course of this week. In the days and weeks to come you may hear about the results of some of those votes. For some, the decisions of the General Assembly may bring great excitement. For others, deep sorrow and disappointment. Please be careful and discriminating about what you hear. So often what is recorded in the press does not fairly represent the actual events that took place. Regardless, always remember that we are the church of Jesus Christ. We are fallible disciples, who nevertheless, seek to faithfully follow our Lord and to discern his will for the church.
One of the unique roles that Phil Barrett got to play this last week was to be the official guide for our new moderator, Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow. Phil's responsibility was to guide Bruce from one activity to the next, helping him to find out where he needed to be and to make sure that he got there on time. Since our Presbytery had an "inside man" who was close to the moderator, we were able to get this photo op:
It is with a deep sense of gratitude (and even relief!) that we can declare that the 218th General Assembly is now over. But having said that, those of us who have served as commissioners recognize our responsibility to now interpret the events of the General Assembly to all those of our Presbytery who have questions or would like to learn more. If you or your church would like to hear from us, please don't hesitate to give us a call. Our commission to serve on your behalf was not just for this one very intense week, but for the next two years when the next General Assembly will convene in Minneapolis in July of 2010.
On behalf of us all, thank you and may God bless you!!