Farewell Christ’s Greenfield! Goodbye! Adios! God bless you!
I’ll be honest, when Marybeth and I first got to Christ’s Greenfield last July in 118 degree weather, I was skeptical on how I would like living in the valley. My wife and I had just gotten married, we were still trying to figure out how to live with one another, and now we were in a completely different part of the country! On top of all of this, I was worried about how vicarage would go and if I would even pass and return to seminary. But I quickly learned, as we always say, “God is good...all the time!”
From events like Harvest Fest, to Holy Week, to preaching my last sermon to you, our year here has been one full of so many blessings. As I reflect on the loved-filled conversations I have had with many of you, Saint Paul’s words come to mind: “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16). Marybeth and I have had the most amazing, enriching, and Christ-centered time of our lives among you all. I have grown this year not only in my relationship with all of you, but in my relationship with Christ as well. On top of all of this, my marriage has deepened and taken root in the foundation of Jesus and His love shown on the cross. That is in no small part because of you all. For that, I thank you!
But most of all, I must say, “God bless YOU Christ’s Greenfield!” The tireless “Hello’s”, “How are you’s”, and “God bless you Vicar,” that I have heard from this congregation will always have a special place in my heart. I came to Christ’s Greenfield not ready to be a pastor, but I was ready to study hard and learn under the tutelage of Pastors Tim, Jake, and Bill. Little did I know, you all were going to be my real teachers. Christ’s Greenfield, you taught me what it means to be a deeper follower of Christ. You taught me what it looks likes for a shepherd to care for his sheep. You continued to lift me up to Christ and to always point me to His cross.
Therefore, our departure is bittersweet. I am eager to learn more at my final year at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I want to lay at the feet of Jesus and to take in all that He says in His Word. I’m also super excited to get ordained and start to serve Christ and His people as a pastor. Christ’s Greenfield has been home for us these past few months, and more importantly, you have loved us for who we are. You, Jesus’ Saints at Christ’s Greenfield, have been our family, so I continue to ask for prayers of encouragement, strength, and protection as Marybeth and I finish this week and return to St. Louis. Know that we are praying for you, and that 425 N Greenfield will always be an address of our home away from home. But know this as well: Thank you! Marybeth and I love you, but Jesus loves you even more. He gives US, those who are thirsty, living water that will never run dry.
In Christ, Vicar Brian Muldowney - Revelation 21:6