Scripture Reading: Divisions in the Church
Well it’s official. Now that I have served as your pastor for ten and a half years, I am officially the third-longest settled pastor to have ever served Plymouth Church in its 161 year history. He’s not here today but I passed up Reverend Jim Byrd recently who served a little over 10 years. Only Henry Schadeberg and Trent Rockwell, amazing company, have served longer, both having served somewhere around 15 years. If you include interim pastors, counting Cathy Rennick twice because she was your interim twice, twenty-nine persons of cloth have preceded me in serving here. The photos on the back wall don’t lie. Thank you, Ann Edwards. I have to say that despite my having followed some awe inspiring preachers, which in and of itself is quite humbling, I completely appreciate the fact that you, the members here, many of whom have seen multiple pastors come and go, that you’ve never really compared my ministry here to any of my predecessors.