In Touch – June 29, 2013
Posted on June 29, 2013 by under Touché,

Re: Kirsty, Cathy and Sunday

I first started writing my “In Touches” in 2005 on sabbatical.  I have continued to write each Friday since then, keeping the congregation updated on key leadership and personal issues in my life and the life of the church.  I did not want to write every Friday through this sabbatical, but as guest preachers come to town I will use that opportunity to introduce them a bit more and update you on what is happening in this sabbatical journey.

This Sunday Kirsty (Jones) DePree will preach.  Kirsty is like a little sister to me as I lived in her home, the manse of the Third Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, the year before Cathy and I got married.  Her father, Willis, has been one of my key mentors in ministry.  He saw potential in me when I was not sure where I was going or what I was doing.  Kirsty has moved way beyond a little sister to a mover and shaker in our denomination.  She held a position in discipleship for the Reformed Church in America for a number of years. Kirsty now serves as the minister for discipleship at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan (the church that Norman Vincent Peale served for so long).  Marble’s founding goes back to 1628, so they have been making disciples a long time.  I am honored to have Kirsty in the pulpit here and I hope you will be present and be able stay for lunch to hear some of her thoughts on discipleship.

I will be here to hear Kirsty myself.  It will be the first time I hear her preach.  I had planned to be on the Appalachian Trail somewhere in Connecticut this Sunday, but Cathy is going to have surgery on Wednesday and so my plans have changed.  Cathy will have a total hysterectomy at White Plains hospital.  We are asking people to pray for two things in the coming week: 1) that this surgery can be performed laparoscopically and 2) that the assurance that the doctor gave saying he was 90% sure that this is not cancer proves to be true.  We thank you for your prayers and support and feel a sense of peace in the providence of God as she anticipates this surgery.

Thank you for this gift of sabbatical.  It may mean that I am home to support my wife in her time of recovery instead of hiking in the hills of New Hampshire, but it is still good to feel the refreshment of the Holy Spirit in this time of reflection.  My time in the Rockies was amazing.  I was there with my Pastoral Leadership group as we all reexamined our calls to ministry in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.  My remembrance of the touché of my heart for evangelism was rekindled as I met a new cast of characters to talk about eternity with.  I am sure that Ian and Damien, Dick and Tracy will make it into sermons and into my soul the way Touché, Horse, and Tom McKenzie did thirty-one years ago.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday,