Sunday, December 23, 2007

Today marked my final day at the Otter Creek Church as the worship minister. I came on staff 12 years ago. I have learned a lot in 12 years, made many dear friends, gotten married at Otter Creek, we've welcomed 3 children into our lives, and enjoyed welcoming my mom to Otter Creek 2 years ago. So, you can imagine that it was not an easy decision. (Knowing this was coming made the Christmas program last weekend very bitter sweet.)

Sheryl and I began to sense a while back that God was bringing us to the end of our season there. We've spent many nights talking, praying and listening for God. This morning we announced our resignation and said goodbye to a very special season in our lives.

Although there is sadness, we are also filled with excitement. God is preparing new paths for us. We feel renewed in hearing His voice. We are experiencing the adventure of following Him, even when it does not seem safe or comfortable.

We will continue to minister with ZOE and I will be taking on some new roles that I am excited about! More news in the coming days, but it's important that we mark this very special day with thanksgiving for all God has given us through our Otter Creek Family. Thank you to all those who have walked so closely with us on this journey. Thank you for your prayerful support and love! So many of you are embedded in our hearts. We love you dearly!

Now it's time to enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are experiencing these days through the eyes of our children...so bright, so full of expectation, so hopeful, so excited. It's contagious!

12 comments:

Elizabeth S said...

I will be praying for you guys as you make this transition. I know Otter Creek will be sad to lose you, but I know that you will be blessed as you listen to God and submit to His will for your lives. God bless you!

julie said...

Brandon, wow! I know that you have entered this decision prayerfully and I know that the Spirit is guiding your heart and your family. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you. There is so much more to come.

Christy said...

You know we love you and our hearts are only a little sad to lose you evry Sunday...as long as we can still get our fix here and there. OC sill not be the same without you leading worship. You brought such a presence of God to that place every Sunday. We bless you in your upcoming endeavors...Love you friend

Mark Lowenstein said...

Brandon,

May God guide you and your family wherever He sees fit. God continues to use you in a mighty way! You're an inspiration to the deaf family (and the hearing family) here at Fairfax!

Praying for you all!

Jenni said...

wow.....you guys will continue to be in my prayers as you move through this transition....I will be excited to hear more about the future of the Thomas family!

Arlene Kasselman said...

Okay, so I don't check your blog for a day and then when I do I almost fall off the chair.
Can't wait to hear what is going to happen in your lives, take comfort in knowing that God walks before you!

Drew Battistelli said...

I know it's a sad time for Otter Creek, but it's such a blessing to know you've made this decision not because of force or others decisions, but because you have patiently focused on what God desires and how He can use you in His Kingdom.

A blessing over you & your family as you wade over into the BIG, HUGE waters of God's Kingdom!

Katherine said...

Wow, Brandon-blessings in your transition and new adventure! May God continue to lead you as you seek Him and His will...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

Phil said...

Big blessings. It's sad for us, but I know exciting for you guys. Thanks again.

Josh Ross said...

You are loved and prayed for.

mike taylor said...

Brandon,

I was just catching up on the blogworld--what a surprise to hear your big news! So what's next on the horizon? I am sure you will be missed at OC tremendously. May God bless your chosen path ahead. You all will be in our prayers.

Amy said...

I'm really surprised to read this! May God bless your family richly and continue to use Otter Creek in amazing ways as well. I can only imagine how much you will be missed! I miss you and I don't even go there. :)