After eight years at Trinity and nineteen years of ordained ministry, the time has finally come. I can't believe it! A time of sabbatical, a time for sabbath rest and renewal. As we enter this time, I want to share with you where I will be starting on my pilgrimage. It is most clearly articulated in a book recently given to me by one of our members -- Jesus: A Pilgrimage, by James Martin, JS.
The book begins with a fundamental and core question. In fact, it's THE question. "Jesus is walking with his friends to Caesarea Philippi, a town roughly twenty-five miles north of the Sea of Galilee. The story comes midway through the Gospel of Mark. Out of the blue Jesus asks, 'Who do people say that I am?'" That is the question! Who is Jesus? Who is Jesus for me? Who is Jesus for Trinity Church? Who is Jesus for the world? How we understand and answer that question shapes and impacts everything. Everything we do. Everything we say. Everything we think. Everything we are. Everything we hope to be.