I have the small world song from the Disney World ride stuck in my head. Many other things need to be taking up residence in my brain in this season of life, but that catchy little tune has prime real estate.
The idea of floating in a dimly lit tunnel, on a gentle boat ride, looking at cartoon global scenes sounds pretty nice. However, reality has different plans. I think this tune is stuck in my head because in a way, it is a small world. I have spent the last six months preparing to complete my time at St. Paul – preparing to serve the wider church in a different parish. This preparation led me to look on the other side of the country, then led me to looking here in the Quad Cities, then specifically on the Iowa side. The world seemed to get smaller. As these last few months progressed, I found myself being called to two distinct, yet linked congregations here in the Quad Cities. I’m staying for a variety of reasons, the main ones being God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
So while the world seems small, I have learned yet again the lesson that God certainly isn’t small, that God’s work certainly isn’t small. It takes on forms unimagined, with people unknown, in places unanticipated. I made promises to serve God’s people, wherever they may be, and it turns out, they are just a few miles away. So as I complete my time here, among God’s people of St. Paul, I want to thank all of you. You have shown me God’s love and care in numerous ways. I have seen the work of the Holy Spirit in this congregation, I have seen death and resurrection in this congregation, and I have seen Christ in this congregation. So keep showing up, keep worshiping, keep praying, keep living as God’s children and Christ’s ambassadors.
We will probably run into each other as we do God’s work. It turns out it is a pretty small world after all.
–Amy Diller, associate pastor
Editor’s note: Amy Diller’s farewell weekend will be July 15-16. A reception will be held after all worship services on Saturday and Sunday. If you’d like to donate to a gift for Amy, please write a check to St. Paul clearly marked for “Resident Gift.” You’re also invited to send individual cards or notes to the church, or drop a written expression in the basket on farewell weekend. Amy will become the pastor of Together in Christ Parish, the newly combined parishes of St. James and All Saints churches.