Published in Our State magazine, MY PRAYER FOR NORTH CAROLINA, December 2013

“O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come…..” The great Isaac Watts’ hymn  reminds us that God has been with us in the past, and that God will be with us in our future.

Last Sunday at the 8:40 service I was taken by surprise. (Interesting, since the sermon I preached at 8:30 and 11:00 was about the surprises of God!) The service revolved around the Bibletimes Marketplace, and was, in fact, part of its conclusion.

I’ve been dealing with much grief this week. I’m reminded there is much heartache in this world. The sorrows are real and deep.

 This Sunday we’ll be reminded that we are not alone on our journeys. We’ll read from Isaiah 43:1-7, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you…When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…when you walk through fire you shall not be burned…Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.”

In case you have missed it, the announcement was made on Sunday April 30 that the Rev. Dr. Keith Turman has been appointed by Bishop Leeland as your new senior pastor, effective July 1. You will be hearing much more about Keith, but let me briefly state that I am thrilled, and I am convinced that Keith will be a wonderful match for First Church. In these coming weeks, I will do everything I can to help pave the way for him, and I know all of you will as well. More later!

Last Sunday announcements were made in each of our three worship services that your new senior pastor, effective July 1, will be Dr. Keith Turman, currently senior pastor at Skyland UMC in Asheville. Many of you know Keith. The Leadership Team will be sharing more information soon, so I won’t steal their thunder. I will have much more to say about Keith and the transition in the coming weeks, but for now I just want to say that I am convinced that Bishop Leeland, District Superintendent Randy Harry, and the rest of the cabinet have made an excellent appointment for First Church.

April, my favorite month of the year, is almost over. I love this time when the dogwoods are blooming. We’ve certainly had our share of “April showers” in recent days, and we are fortunate that we have not suffered the flooding that has occurred in other places. Remember to say a prayer for those who have suffered from recent floods and storms.


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