As my last Sunday in the pulpit at SPC has approached, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the song covered by Boyz II Men in the early 90’s, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” The words have been playing around in my mind, making me think about our time in Sewickley. A few lines, in particular, have really stuck with me.
“How do I say goodbye to what we had?
The good times that made us laugh outweigh the bad”
“I don’t know where this road Is going to lead
All I know is where we’ve been and what we’ve been through”
There have been many ups and downs over the last ten years. We’ve been through so much: the Pink House saga; the chikungunya virus that turned a Haiti youth mission trip into our “Almost Haiti, West Virginia” trip instead; a 175th Anniversary celebration at the Edgeworth Club with a reproduction of the play written for the church’s Centennial; multiple trips to the Dominican Republic; budget deficits and end of year surpluses; renovation of our offices, children’s Sunday school rooms and the dining room; many staff changes; a new childcare room in the Willets Room; nine Day on the Lawns; many wonderful Stoner Lecturers and Campbell Preachers; video worship; screens in the sanctuary, and over 500 worship services, just to name a few things. Never mind over a year of COVID. And I believe that the good has far outweighed the bad. There has been so much laughter over the years, though I must admit, the 8 am service was a tough crowd! But all in all, it has been a great run together.
It is so hard to leave something that has been so good, not knowing exactly what lies ahead. Well, we do know one thing. We know that wherever the road leads the Long family and SPC, the risen Savior will be waiting there for us with new life in his hands, calling us to follow him.
“And I’ll take with me the memories to be my sunshine after the rain
It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday”
I know there are going to be a lot of tears raining down in the coming days as we say goodbye to all of you. But we thank God that there are so many wonderful memories that all of the Longs will take with us from our decade in Sewickley. Being a part of this church family has truly been the greatest blessing of our lives. We are so grateful for your graciousness and generosity. SPC will always hold a unique place in each of our hearts. Thank you for taking good care of me and my family and for allowing me the privilege of being your Pastor.
I hope to see you Sunday!!