After nineteen years at The Little Church on the Lane my father is finally retired. Yesterday he had his last Sunday as head pastor. It was a wonderful, touching and emotional service.
The day began when Raymond Williams sang a song for him during breakfast at the church. He is quite the musician.
After Sunday school all of my dad’s family began to arrive at the church. He had saved five rows for all of us and they were filled. His four brothers and sisters were there, their families and his mother. The Wilson family is quite large and they are great about celebrating and supporting each other.
During the service the Board gave my dad a card with a monetary gift in it. Then the congregation gave him a long standing ovation. It brought tears to my eyes to see him recognized in such a way. It showed how loved and appreciated he is by his church family.
Dad then gave a great sermon about Jesus. He knew that there were family members who did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God and that He loved them. Dad wanted to make sure that they were told one last time.
People keep asking me what my favorite part of the day was and I keep telling them two things: the standing ovation and communion. Communion was done up front this time and it was a great way of my dad serving each person one more time. He got to individually serve each person. It was very emotional at times. I cried just watching some of them come up front, especially Stephanie Nance. There was a lot of crying and laughing done throughout the day Sunday.
After church we ate. Moravians love to eat! There was a huge fried chicken dinner downstairs after church. Everyone was there and a few people gave speeches: Tom Shelton, Aunt Lisa, Doug, Raymond, and others. After lunch the Wilson clan drove over to my parents house to socialize for the afternoon. We talked and laughed all afternoon until it was getting dark. I was exhausted. I had spent so much emotional and social energy that I fell asleep at 8:30pm that night. It was a very memorable day. I am very proud of my father for the work that he has done and the commitment that he gave to Little Church. He will be missed, I have no doubt.