From the Pastor's Pen - September 2017

“ I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace”
Paul in Philippians 1:3-7a

This moment is bittersweet for me. After 28 years, September is my last full month of being the called and installed Pastor at Rockville Presbyterian, a truly beloved Church family.

My last day will be Sunday October 1st which is World Communion Sunday. This day is important to me because when I became very ill in the 1990’s the entire fellowship gave me encouragement and had faith that I would return from a very serious illness. That action inspired my faith in everyone at Rockville. That year World Communion Sunday fell on October 7th, the latest day in which World Communion Sunday can occur, coming at the end of the week, while this year it occurs on the first day of the month, which is the earliest it can occur.

I believe that my last day at Rockville will truly be a beginning rather than an end, a fresh start rather than a conclusion for both my immediate family, and my church family.

For Lorraine and I it will truly be a new phase in our lives.

We will become more involved in the lives of our children and grandchildren. We still covet your prayers as we face the new challenges and rewards of pastoring our family.

For everyone at Rockville it will be a time to reassess and focus mission priorities. There will be a transitional pastor and she or he will guide the church through finding the next Pastor. I know that all of you covet the prayers of both Lorraine and I and you will have them. We don’t know the future so after October we don’t know whom we might see again, and whom we may not see until that great reunion at the final resurrection. But be encouraged knowing that our Lord who has begun a good work in all of us will finish it.

That is my hope, my belief and my prayer at Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship.

Warmly, Pastor Larry Vilardo