My Journey to Ordination

Recently in worship we celebrated the Holy Trinity, that divine relationship that is unity in di- versity. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct persons, only together revealing the fullness of who God is. This is our model for living. Each of us is uniquely created in the image of God, and yet it is only when all of our individual images are joined together as one Body in Christ that we reveal the full Image of God. We, too, are a sacred relationship. We are unity in diversity.

I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently, as I have prepared for my ordination. Much of my work has revolved around telling stories from my time in ministry. For instance, how my experience of ministry has shaped my understanding of the Trinity. Where and how I have seen the Holy Spirit at work. What grace looks like. And repentance. And sanctification.

So I wrote about you. I wrote about us, about our lives together in this congregation and in this community. I told stories of casual conversations and experiences in worship, of Great Days of Service and quiet days in hospitals. I wrote about how all those doctrines I read about in seminary actually live and breathe in Christ’s holy church.

And I was (and am) awed. Make no mistake, brothers and sisters—together, we really do reveal God in the world. As one body full of diverse gifts and passions, we are the very Image of God, living and loving and serving right here in Western North Carolina.

This month, my ordination journey will reach its completion. And I am humbled and overjoyed by how many of us will be together to celebrate. But promise me, when we all stand together, that you’ll take a moment to look around and let yourself be awed. See what I have been privileged to see—that through this family of faith, through this united group of diverse and gifted disciples, God shines through.

It is an honor to serve among you. May we always be united in diversity, showing God in the world.

Yours in Christ,

Lauren

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