Letters have always been a part of our faith. And although I’m not as eloquent as the Apostle Paul, you’ll also be relieved to know that I’m not as effusive as he is either.
To the church of God that is in Bardstown…and Bowling Green…and Nashville…and Wakon’Da-Ho…and Christmount…
To those who have shaped and molded and encouraged and inspired Daniel, which is to say all of you here today…or all y’all who are here today (did I get that right?!), thank you.
Together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
Grace to you and peace from God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the good an eager folks from Heart of the Rockies Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fort Collins, CO.
We give thanks to our God always for you because you’ve prepared for us our next pastor, a man who is deep in faith, overflowing with spiritual gifts, and called. Called to Christ’s church.
From our first phone conversation with Daniel we knew he was a most excellent pastor. Our work—and God’s work in us—was to engage in faithful labor of mutual discernment that would allow us to answer with confidence this question: Was Daniel the outstanding pastor God was calling to us?
For each and every one of you who took the time to mentor and pray and listen and advise and consider with Daniel throughout this process, thank you.
By God’s grace and your wisdom and Daniel’s discernment, we all arrived at the same answer—yes, Daniel was and is the tremendous pastor God is calling to Heart of the Rockies. Thank you, God.
We know that as thrilled as we are to welcome him, you are grieving his departure from this region. And so again we say thank you—for your generosity and care in letting him go. Steve and Dorsey, Ben, we expect to see you often. I hate to even mention it, but the Front Range is really quite nice, well, all year long.
Megan and Kelley, although I’ve known you for a decade as trusted and admired colleagues and friends, now you’re also the fierce, fantastic pastors and mentors who nurtured my new partner into his sense of call to congregational ministry. Thank you. Kyle and John, thank you.
Daniel, there’s a congregation full of people who love God and serve others and change lives waiting for you in Fort Collins. They’ve prayed for you, written to you, Skyped and FaceTimed with you, and they’ve prepared a place for you in their hearts. They’re people I love dearly, and they are people who will love you with all they have.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. Our love be with all of you in Christ Jesus. (I borrowed that from Paul.)
We love you, Daniel.
May 27, 2018 | First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Bardstown, KY
Written by Melissa St. Clair, who is now back to being *one* of the pastors at Heart of the Rockies Christian Church, and shared on the occasion of the ordination to Christian ministry of Daniel Lyvers, now also a pastor at Heart of the Rockies.