Saying “Goodbye”

Our worship pastor Josh came in my office the other day. We chatted for a while, and I had the impression he was working up to something. Finally, he said, “The time has come for us to move back to Minnesota to be closer to family.” I felt myself take a deep breath, the kind I have needed on other occasions when I have received gut-churning news. I love Josh and Kate. The thought of losing them was initially too much to bear. They have been a true blessing to our church. I really cannot imagine Platt Park Church without them. Through song and spirit, and through friendship and serving they have wiggled their way into our hearts, and we will never be the same.

In addition to my personal sense of loss, I also felt brief panic regarding our church’s loss of such a dynamic pair of worship leaders. But God quickly reminded me of this reality, which has been true to my experience every single time we have had great staff move on from our team: God really does provide for his church. Josh and Kate will never be replaced, but God will provide, and as has happened in the past, we will probably step back amazed by the person(s) He brings into our midst.

I thank God for the amazing season of ministry we have shared with Josh and Kate. They have made a forever mark on my life and on the life of our church. They will never be forgotten. Josh and Kate, thank you for serving the Lord with passion, authenticity and commitment. Thank you for your creative spunk and for loving Platt Park Church so well. We will miss you in our faith community, and Denver won’t be the same without you. We bless you, celebrate you, and honor you as you head into the next chapter of life that God has for you.

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