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September 21, 2017
"Now the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you." -Genesis 12:1
After 25 fruitful years at First Presbyterian, Rev. Bill Clark reflected on that journey of the pastor with the people in a Presby Bulletin dated September 20, 1989. "Our journey and its direction has emerged out of the interaction of pastor and people. The question before us now is: ‘Where do we go from here?" He continued, "In order to respond to that question authentically it is important to rediscover who we are and where we have been."
In a letter to the Executive Presbyter in 1992, Bill said, "We are clearly about to open a new chapter here." 1992 was the year an associate pastor was called to First Presbyterian. Rev. Bill Clark had a sense of history, and his place in it. He correctly noticed the signs of the times, both in the world around him and in his world as pastor. He continued to listen to God’s call to him and the people, in "good times and in bad."
We are challenged with the same difficult question Bill asked in 1989. "Where do we go from here?" It is a question we face each moment of our own lives. When God called Abraham, God said, "Go to a land I will show you." No map. No timeline. Just one guarantee: "I will bless you, and you will be a blessing." Where would he be going? How long would it take? Abraham didn’t know. He had to keep listening. He had to keep journeying. We, too, must keep listening to God’s call to us in our moments and days. We, too, must keep journeying.