With apologies to the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem: Thoughts on the upcoming presbytery meeting

by | Feb 11, 2019 | Reflections by Co-Execs | 1 comment

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter in Los Ranchos…

a time to begin,
            and a time to end;

a time to examine pastors for ordination,
            and a time to declare pastors honorably retired;

a time to hand over property,
            and a time to receive property;

a time to act the host,
            and a time to become the guest;

a time to decide,
            and a time to give others power to decide;

a time to form new congregations,
          and a time to close old congregations;

a time to begin ministry,
            and a time to end ministry;

a time to appoint commissions,
            and a time to dissolve commissions;

a time to delegate authority,
            and a time to assume authority;

a time to debate denominational issues,
            and a time to leave denominational issues alone;

a time to listen to committee decisions,
            and a time to question committee decisions;

a time to keep on trying,
            and a time to decide we’ve done our best;

a time for routine business,
            and a time for extraordinary business;

a time to debate,
           and a time to vote;

a time to work,
            and a time to adjourn;

a time to eat Korean barbecue,
            and a time to join in Korean worship.

What gain have the commissioners from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to Los Ranchos to be busy with. “He has made everything suitable for its time…I know that there is nothing better than for them to be happy, and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.”

(see Ecclesiastes 3:1-13)


Somewhere along the Way—Forrest