Saturday, June 25, 2005

The idea of the gathering made me a little nervous. It was an informal BarBQ to which all the members of the ministerial were invited. My husband and I brought our steaks and salad and arrived before anyone else. I'd met a few of these people - the Baptists, Lutherans and the Alliance pastor who was hosting the event. But I hadn't met the new woman minister at the Anglican church nor the wife/husband team at the United. I confess it was their presence that made me a little nervous. I wondered how things would go if anyone dared to venture onto the stage of theology. The views of some were vastly different than others.
The food was great and our host was gracious. As the dessert was placed on the table, he suggested we all share a bit about ourselves - where we were from, how long we'd been at our present church, etc. It was then that the evening started to shine. Each one in turn talked about their life's journey and it was fascinating how all of us had wandered and wavered but eventually found our way into the Lord's service. The closing prayer of the Lutheran minister was apt. as he thanked God that each of us had been given a place in service here in Ponoka.

The ways of God are so often beyond us - I would never have chosen that group of people for this place, but they are all, in very individual ways, well suited to the ministry here. It was a delight to see his pattern woven together once again in a beautiful tapestry.

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