This coming Sunday, Coshocton Presbyterian Church will celebrate the ministry and retirement of Rev. Jonathan Carlisle. For many, this will be a day of joy and sadness, thanksgiving and sorrow. This is particularly true for me.
To me, Jon has been a dear colleague and coworker, a leader and a guide, an encourager and a pastor.
So often we hear one another take vows of ordination to become a Deacon, Elder or Minister of Word and Sacrament. On these occasions when I hear the words “peace, unity and purity,” I often think of Jon. When a leader vows “to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and Iove,” Jon regularly comes to the forefront of my prayers.
Thank you Jon for being a faithful minster of Word and Sacrament, proclaiming the good news, teaching faith and caring for people. Thank you for being active in government and discipline, serving in the councils of the church. Thank you for showing the love and justice of Jesus Christ.
May God bless you as you explore your new calling to family, friends and the church.