new beginnings

faith-sign-night-1.jpgNew beginnings at Faith Church, Austin.  Once again God is making all things new in 78704.

Bishop Dorff has appointed Rev. Katy Fitzhugh to be pastor for Faith UMC, Austin, effective March 1, 2013.  Rev. Fitzhugh is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and has served churches in Harlingen, San Benito, Del Valle, and Cedar Creek.  Following seminary she spent a year as a United Methodist Volunteer In Mission working with a medical project in the highlands of Guatemala, serving as “in-country” host and translator for visiting medical teams as well as serving daily in the two established clinics.  She is vice-chair of the Conference Board of Global Ministries and has studied Russian.  Katy brings a passion for the practice of ministry in the local church community, cross-cultural settings, and social justice endeavors combined with a genuine love for all of God’s people.  We look forward to welcoming Katy to the Faith UMC pulpit March 3rd and serving with her in the on-going ministries of our Cooperative Parish with Tarrytown United Methodist Church.  Here’s a prayer poem to mark this turning.

blessing for a new beginning–John O’Donohue:

In out-of-the way places of the heart,

Where your thoughts never think to wander,

This beginning has been quietly forming,

Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it (the beginning) has watched your desire,

Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,

Noticing how you willed yourself on,

Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It (the new beginning) watched you play with the seduction of safety

And the gray promises that sameness whispered,

Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,

Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,

And out you stepped onto new ground,

Your eyes young again with energy and dream (and “sight” we add!)

A path of plentitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear

You can trust the promise of this opening;

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

 

(From O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us)

 

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