Litany of Release & Farewell

Litany of Release & Farewell 

Moderator
We began our journey together on _______ when __________ called __________ to serve as Pastor.

Pastor
I have been blessed by each of you, by those who are unable to be with us today, and by the warmth of the _______ community. I have grown in your embrace and your challenge. I am grateful for your loving kindness and patience. You are a special people who have allowed me to be myself.

Thank you! Thank your for these four years walking together as God’s people. Please forgive my mistakes and failures. Please forgive the times my dream for you made it hard to perceive God’s dream for us. As I leave, a part of the divinity within you journeys onward with me.

People
We receive your gratitude with our hearts and minds. We offer forgiveness and accept that you now leave to minister among another people. Thank you for your commitment and love. Please forgive us for our mistakes. A part of the divinity within you remains with us as your faith journey leads you elsewhere.

Pastor
Thank you for your gratitude. I forgive you as you have forgiven me. I pray that our ministry during these years and in the years to come will further God’s desires for each of us.

Moderator addressing the congregation
Do you, God’s people in this place and time, release Tim from the duties of Pastor?

People
Trusting in the Holy Spirit, we do.

Moderator
Do you send your love and prayers with Tim as his ministry begins as _________ of ___________________ in _______________?

People
With faith in God, we do.

Moderator
Do you, Tim, release the the Condon UCC and the community from turning to you and depending on you?

Pastor
Trusting in the Holy Spirit, I do.

Moderator
Do you promise to pray for this community? Do you offer your encouragement and confidence in their future ministries?

Pastor
With faith in God, I do.

Prayer together

Divine One,

We thank you for this time we have had as pastor and community, as friends, and lovers of justice and bearers of kindness. As our paths diverge we thank you for your presence in the past and in the years to come both for Tim and for the Condon UCC and community. We each re-commit here today to listen to your still-speaking voice and act and love as you would have us act and love. In the name of Jesus, who breathed in your divinity and breathed out healing, hope, and expansive love, we pray. Amen.  

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Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. The former pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ, Tim recently began serving the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

Posted in Departure of a Pastor, Special Times

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