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Farewell Reception for Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon

June 7, 3-4 p.m.
Come celebrate with us Jeremy's five years of ministry in the Pensacola District! 

A Word from Our District Superintendent, Jeremy K. Pridgeon
May 17, 2015
Greetings in the name of Christ!  On this Ascension Sunday, we remember our Lord being taken up into heaven, returning to the Father, completing his earthly mission among us.  The mysterious event evokes images of the believers gathered with the risen Christ, witnessing something just as miraculous as his resurrection just days earlier.  For two thousand years, those who have lived and died in Christ are raised with Christ to new life.  For us who live in Christ today, we find hope sufficient to face the challenges that confront this world, knowing that God is with us as well.
Through learning and inquiry we know much more about our world.  The contributions of science, technology, engineering, and exploration have made the world so much smaller.  Yet there are still things that escape our understanding, that defy logic, that break our well established patterns of how things are or should be in this realm.  Mystery, like that surrounding the Ascension, is a beautiful thing, evoking wonder, reminding us that there are still those things that remain out of our grasp of comprehension. 
The existence of mysteries compels us to continue the quest, to take part in the search, to push the limits of what is known.  What a gift!  When we live as people of faith, seeking understanding, the words of the old hymn ring so true, "O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder...."
Where do you experience wonder in your life?  When have you been confounded by mystery?  When have you purposely sought to move beyond the scope of your perfectly defined world to be stretched with new insights and understandings?  Many of our young people are graduating from high school and college during these days.  Likewise, seminarians are preparing to return to our conference and are receiving their first appointments.  Several of our colleagues are completing doctoral degrees as part of the ongoing quest.  What a joy it is to celebrate with these who are finishing a time of formal study! But learning is a life-long endeavor, and because there are those who use their God-given minds to inquire, we have expanded our understanding.  As clergy, we can share in our knowledge with those who are part of our congregations and communities.  And, we can share honestly with our congregations when there are moments or events that evade our ability to comprehend and live into the mystery.  In this we put forward an authentic witness, bearing the known truth of the Gospel, while acknowledging the One who has all knowledge.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; then we shall see face to face.
This week, I will be at a Cabinet meeting in Montgomery through Wednesday.  I will remain in Montgomery on Thursday for The Right Start at Frazer Memorial UMC, which is held for ALL pastors moving to new appointments this conference year.  I will return to the area on Thursday evening.  Please email me or call should you have need of me.
Blessings and peace,

About the Pensacola District
The Pensacola District is one of eight districts comprising the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. True to biblical mandate and denominational priority, we are committed to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ; discipling residents, tourists, and snowbirds alike; establishing new congregations; and nurturing existing ones.

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