The Until We Meet Again Tour played three venues today.
First the tour visited Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen for a conversation with Bob Brashear.
The second stop involved a wonderful, touching farewell party at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
The evening gig included Tricia, son Sean, and nephews Adam and Bryan for dinner at Frankies 570 Spuntino.
The evening gig for the Until We Meet Again Tour took place at the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York where the Presbytery of New York City gathered to say farewell to Andy James. Andy will leave for a call as presbytery staff in New Hope Presbytery serving as their Associate for Small Church Ministry and Technology. He had served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone and the Stated Clerk of New York City Presbytery.
Andy invited me to speak at Whitesone as one of the first stops on the Welcome to New York City tour. He also involved the staff and interns of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in Whitestone’s witness and work to end violence against women and girls. On the weekend when that initiative began, Ryan Smith spoke at the first event, and Jamie Tan and I attended a worship and witness in a nearby park.
Andy is a friend. He will be missed in the Presbytery of New York City. But our paths will cross in the days to come.
Thank you for your ministry, Andy. Godspeed on your new tour and in your new service.
The Until We Meet Again Tour for today saw most of my time spent at the Shire packing, cleaning, and walking packages to the U.S. Post Office. The tour included finishing the appraisal for the final Princeton Theological Seminary field education student who served at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
He was the 36th.
36 field education students, volunteers, and volunteer interns who worked at the ministry from 2011 through this summer when I left.
36 unique individuals.
Each with gifts and skills; each with challenges; each with faith and grace.
Each served Jesus Christ.
Each touched my life.
Each is remembered.
To each, I say thanks.
Today’s Until We Meet Again Tour involved me staying at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. My friend Hazel came to see me with dinner and a painting she had made. Thunderstorms had begun wandering through the city in the evening. While they did not cut much of the heat and humidity, the storms did make me wary and the painting remains at my office until it can be brought home without concern for its safety.
The Until We Meet Again Tour involves visiting people and places. Preparations for the move play a role, particularly as the day of departure draws near, preparations that can take place inside in air conditioning. Packing of books, there are a lot of books, is among those preparations.
The Until We Meet Again Tour took a walk through Central Park and then rode the tram to Roosevelt Island. There it visited the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park (the photos from the park did not turn out well, but others did).
There were great views of the United Nations complex. In the background, one can see the Church Center for the United Nations.
See you along the Trail.
The Until We Meet Again Tour hopped the Long Island Railroad and ventured out to Queens to preach at the First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone.
Whitestone had been one of the first, if not the first, church where I made a presentation in my role as the director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
Andy James, Whitestone’s pastor, was the first to invite me to preach this summer. Pondering that invitation, and accepting that invitation, allowed me to accept other invitations. And that has made for a wondrous tour.
See you along the Trail.