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Welcome to First Presbyterian Church of Independence Iowa!  
 

 

For everything there is a season.  The writer of Ecclesiastes shares a sacred list of the  seasons and the important changes of our lives.

a time for crying and a time for laughing,

a time for mourning and a time for dancing,

a time for searching and a time for losing,

a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,

To that I think we can add: a time for coming and a time for going.

 

If you have been watching our worship services on Facebook you know that I have announced that I am leaving Independence.  I am going to be the interim pastor at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church in Temple Terrace, Florida (in the Tampa area).  My last Sunday will be March 14.

 

I began developing my current sermon series on rebooting the church last fall.  As I worked on the series I grappled with the realization that a reboot of FPC needs to happen without me.  This was hard for me to process.  I have been at FPC for over 21 years.  We have put down roots here.  We have valued friends here.  We are comfortable here.  But God was up to something.

 

When a pastor leaves by retirement, resignation, or acceptance of a new call the departure creates chaos.  Familiar ways and patterns are disrupted.  There are a variety of  responses to a pastor’s leaving.  Fear, anger, confusion, maybe even relief.  The church changes.  The church will be different.  For everything there is a season.  And during this season of transition the church is in a position to learn more about itself and its future.  The temptation that has to be resisted is to return to the church’s former state as soon as possible.  The purpose of a reboot is to move into the future to look more like the church God intends for us to be.

 

FPC is a solid church and blessed with great leadership.  FPC possesses the skills and people for what is next.  The key to the reboot – whether your life or the church – is to listen to the voice of God, to distinguish that voice from the other noise in your life, and then to do what you hear God saying.  God is always up for something new.  Are you?

 

We have a month or more to say goodbye.  That will be made more complicated by a pandemic.  Jinger and I have enjoyed over 21 years in this church and community.  We have done wonderful things together.  I hope the blessing we have felt from you all has been reciprocated.  This church and community will always have a place in our hearts.

 

Many thanks to all of you for allowing us to be a part of your lives!  To God be the glory.

 

- Pastor John

 

 

 

 

  

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Church Service-February 7, 2021

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