"They set up false witnesses who said, ‘This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law; for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed on to us." Acts 6:13-14 NRSV
When the early church evangelist, Stephan, was preaching in Jerusalem, he had such success that eventually the synagogue leaders decided to have him "put away," as the mafia would say. They set him up by using "false witnesses" who simply argued that this guy represented change, and things should not be allowed to change. Certainly in that case, and in so many cases, standing against change is actually standing against what God is bringing about, and being open to change can be a way to embrace what God is doing.
Certainly, Gethsemane will continue undergoing change in the coming weeks and months. With the Call Committee´s enthusiastic recommendation of Pastor John Nelson for Call, there is a clear call for change. With the completion of my responsibilities as your Interim Pastor, there will be changes. With the integration of Pastor John into the staff team, with the election of a new council member and re-election of two members interested in serving second terms, there will be more change. With the gradual implementation of the capital campaign tithes for Faith and Health Ministry and the outreach partnership with St. Paul´s Lutheran, more things will be changing. Things are developing, and God seems to be at the center of all this change.