Our Summer has been filled with joys, but now we are faced with a challenge. No one wants to say good-bye to Lloyd, Shannon, Aidan and Jazz. Lloyd has been our amazing Music Minister. He has grown our choir, and added drums, guitar, and so much faithful spirit to every worship service. Shannon sings in our choir and she and Lloyd led a wonderful summer program for all ages this summer. Aidan plays our drums. Jazz charms one and all. So we won’t say good-bye, we will say “farewell”.
I love the meaning of this old fashioned word. It is more of a blessing. It says “do well” as you go into a new future. It says “God bless you”, and remember that we also know that you have so blessed us! It says, “we want the best for you and we know the opportunities for all in Massachusetts are fantastic.” We also know that Lloyd, Shannon, Aidan and Jazz will find a new church home and be a blessing there.
We will miss them terribly. However, they are promising to come back and visit! Shannon’s parents remain in Vermont. So we rejoice that we had Lloyd for over five years, watched him fall in love and get married, step-parent Aidan so well, and welcome Jazz into the family. Every moment has been a blessing.
May Lloyd’s loyalty, faith, and talent inspire us to invite others to experience these things in our church family! We are blessed and stretched by saying “farewell”.
Grace and Peace, Kim