The Good Newsletter


Pastor Lisa's Letter August 2018

Days of Awe and Wonder

This is the title of a new book that compiles spiritual author Marcus Borg’s greatest works.  As I reflect on my 8 years as your pastor, I could use this same phrase to express my time with you.  These last 8 years have truly been filled with days of awe and wonder for me. 

On September 1, 2010, I began what was to be a 6 month call as your supply pastor to help you determine what direction you might want to go as a church in ministry, following Pastor Larry Grim’s sudden and unexpected passing.  My last day with you will be August 31, 2018, exactly 8 years later.

There have been many days of awe and wonder during our time together, even though we may not have thought they were filled with awe and wonder at the time!  Our church looks very different demographically from when we started together.  We lost many beloved friends who left this world, while we welcomed many new friends into our congregation as well.  We had many times of struggle, such as when we lost all 3 of our major tenants at once, and many times of high celebration, such as our wonderful Christmas Eve and Easter services, weddings, baptisms, and those fun Blessings of the Animals.

But those events were not what filled our time together with awe and wonder.  What filled our days together with awe and wonder was God:  God’s unceasing, unwavering work through our lives, both individually and collectively.

Now, the time has come for us to say farewell.  I will cherish my memories of our time together forever.  I will continue to hold all of you and the First Congregational Church of Santa Ana in prayer as you search for your new Pastor.

May God bless each of you,

Rev. Lisa Maddox

Borg, Marcus. (2017). Days of Awe and Wonder:  How to Be a Christian in the 21st Century. New York: HarperCollins.


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