June 5, 2018
Well, it’s been nearly a month since my ordination service at Plymouth on May 5th, and I think I’m just starting to come back down to reality. While many thank you notes have yet to be written, I have to start with one very important thank you: to the church that held me and loved me and supported me through this whole process.
It was very emotional to come back to the place that first knew me as a toddler. To come back to the sanctuary that’s infused by the same beautiful, warm light that it was 25 years ago. To be surrounded by faces of loved ones who have known me from all walks of my life. You all, at Plymouth, made space for my family, my friends and a larger community to come together to celebrate this milestone. Thank you.
You, Plymouth, ARE the church. You are a faith community which celebrates, which sorrows, which grows and loves and evolves together. You have taught me what that looks like and you have launched me into my own call – a call which dreams of seeing communities like this spring forth wherever I go.
To all who contributed to the service and reception – baking, serving, moving tables, cleaning up, checking mics – my deepest thanks. To the Plymouth staff – custodians, ministers, office staff – thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to help pull this off. Many hands truly made light work. To my steadfast discernment committee – thank you for your time, your care and your love. I’m not sure it would’ve happened without you.
I know our story together doesn’t end here. Plymouth Church Seattle will always be my home place. It will always be one of my heart places. And it will always inform and shape my ministry in the world. Please stay in touch. And until we meet again, thank YOU. And thanks be to God.
In Grace & Peace,
Reverend Laura Kanoelani Rose Robinson
Associate Minister, Plymouth Congregational UCC