There is an inevitable sadness when a minister who has led and served for 10 years, leaves. Sadness for the minister – sadness for the congregation. It has been a blessed time and there is much for which to give thanks!
And yet I want you to think of this time not only as the end of a chapter but also as the start of new one. I urge you to wait on God with eager expectation as to what he now has in store for our church.
I am sure you can have confidence in our nominators to find the right minister. But there is something better! You can have even greater confidence in God whose ways and plans and thoughts are better than ours! (Isaiah 55:9)
When my appointment was first announced here, I’m sure there were many questions and a few suspicions! This unknown guy coming from Sydney of all places, with a young family! And yet, under God, we have enjoyed a very happy ministry partnership together.
Remember that when a new appointment is announced here. Be open to what the Lord has in mind. Trust Him. The new minister will be different. Have different strengths, different weaknesses. Different emphasis and direction. But God is good. Jesus rules His church. He is the chief Shepherd. Be open to new opportunities, new possibilities.
There is great potential for this new chapter in the life of the Anglican Church of Noosa, to be its finest hour! So: ‘stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.’ (1 Cor 15:58).
Thank you all so very much. God bless you abundantly.
The Rev’d Mark Calder, minister