This weekend, we had to say “good-bye” to our congregation of over 12 years. And they did a fantastic job and left us with memories that will last us a lifetime. But good-byes are hard and sometimes we would rather skip over them and just move on. But good-byes are important, especially in the community of the church.
1. Good-byes help us face the reality of change. Change is hard, but it is good and necessary.
2. Good-byes help cement the good memories deep within us. Memories of good times and God’s grace give us strength for the future.
3. Good-byes remind us of the active love and grace of God. At times we work and work and never notice all that God has done. But these good-byes remind us that God is active in the nitty-gritty of everyday service.
4. Good-byes remind us of what’s valuable. People, time, sacrifice are what makes an impact. Good-byes bring all those things to the surface and encourage us to do it all again in our new setting with new people.
So while it may be hard, take time to say “good-bye” when you’re making a change. Even if not all the memories are good, a good-bye helps settle the past as we move on to the future.
Thanks to Village Green for a very good “Good-bye.” We cherish you and the time we’ve spent together. We affirm that God has worked and we look forward to him working again in our lives and in yours.
Here is a link to that wonderful service: Farewell Worship Service @ Village Green