Dear Richard & Kaye,
On Sunday, I settled in front of the computer at 10am for our 'last
supper' Holy Communion Service. I had a grape and a sliver of bread, to
share what might be our last Holy Communion together. Sadly, my machine
(or my lack of skills!) meant I couldn't get on-line with you. So I had
to settle for more sermons of David Jeremiah instead, and, as usual, I
joined in singing hymns with Praise Be on TV 1.
We at Nativity will miss you both, and we are very appreciative of your
efforts and sacrifice or time helping with building up our congregation,
during these months when we needed strong leadership. You challenged us
to step out of our comfort zones and become more involved. You
encouraged and guided us forward, despite your personal difficult
circumstances. You sowed seeds that will reap a harvest in God's good
time. His Word never returns to Him void.
Now, it's time for your well-earned retirement. Please come and join us
for services when you are able. We're used to ministers moving on,
while congregations mostly stay on.
But we will always consider you both as part of Nativity's family; you
have served us well. May God bless you for standing in the gap and
leading us through some demanding times.
Thanks to Covid's turning our lives upside down, you're going out with a
whisper, instead of the standing ovation which you deserve. Hopefully,
we can arrange a thank you or farewell lunch when we are once again
allowed to join in our beloved church to break bread together. In the
mean time, as you pass the torch on to Sue and Joe, enjoy some rest and
peace in your bubble together, regaining strength and feeding on God's
"Well done, you good and faithful servants." May God bless you with a
In His Service,