Last Updated: August 15, 2019
Our senior pastor, Harry Long, will be retiring in the summer of 2020 after serving his flock faithfully and lovingly for many, many years. We are so grateful to him and his entire family for being faithful and obedient to God’s calling to serve this congregation. We have been blessed in so many ways. As a consequence of Harry’s decision to retire, we are now in the process of looking for a new senior pastor. A pastor search committee was formed in April 2019 that has been meeting regularly for prayer, for time in the Word and for addressing the tasks needed to accomplish the search of a new senior pastor. In this space we would like to share with you our Mission and Vision statements, some of the Scriptures we have read and discussed together as a committee, some of our prayer requests, and finally a high-level summary of our tasks and progress against these tasks. It is our hope and prayer that God be glorified through this process!
To seek and call a new senior pastor to Sycamore Presbyterian Church.
That through our prayers and the work and power of the Holy Spirit, the CONGREGATION would experience great spiritual growth through the process and outcome of our pastor search and that a deep sense of awe would come upon every soul involved in this process (Acts 2:43a).
That through our prayers and actions for and with each other and the Church at-large, the COMMITTEE members would be ‘contagious’ Christians of the committee’s guiding pillars of unity, humility, servanthood and patience in order to better serve and love the Church, Christ’s bride.
And that God grant us, the COMMITTEE members, the discernment, through our pursuit of wisdom and knowledge, to know and call God’s man of choice as our new Senior Pastor.
Scripture Reading and Discussion Thoughts --- August 15, 2019
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
On your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have set watchmen;
all the day and all the night
they shall never be silent.
You who put the Lord in remembrance,
take no rest,
and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it a praise in the earth.
These verses in Isaiah paint a beautiful picture of the Church and how God longs to make her righteous, make her beautiful, and make her praise-worthy through the prayers of his people. On the strength of God’s promise, He tells us to pray for this and not give him any rest. What amazing encouragement this is for us as we seek to find a new senior pastor to lead our congregation. Please join us in praying for Sycamore Church to the God who tells us not to give him any rest.