The Spirit Intercedes

Posted by Lee.Oge on March 13, 2018

Do you find our Lenten ritual of healing and wholeness comforting? I do! The Worship & Music Committee decided this would help our congregation grieve the resignation of our pastor and personal losses, whether financial, a job, or the loss of loved ones. So far, we have torn pieces of cloth, used mirrors to examine our faces, taken communion as a group, and have been anointed with oil. These are meaningful and curative for the congregation. 

Reverend Barry's resignation felt sudden and disturbing. As a member of Session, we have met many times in the past two months. We have discussed what to say, how to say it, how to help our congregation move forward, and how we can help our members grieve. 

The interim search committee was formed in a timely manner. Some of you saw our interim pastor, Rev. Russell Jonas, in worship this past Sunday. He met with the Session at our called meeting after the service. Jan DeVries, our General Presbyter, moderated the meeting and asked each person what our hope for Russell's pastorate will mean to the congregation. Folks mentioned his kindness, calmness, and his passion for pastoral care. Russell will officially join us at NorthPark on Tuesday, April 3rd. It is the belief of the Session that Russell is the person we need at this time.

During Lent, I often go back to the Bible verse Romans 8: 26, "The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us with wordless groans." Might that comfort you?

Lee Ogé and her husband, David, joined NorthPark Presbyterian Church in 2014. They enjoy antiquing and traveling. They have one daughter, Melanie, and son-in-law, Dean Rylander. Lee serves as chair of the Nominating Committee and second chair of the Worship & Music Committee.


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