Something Missing

When I left my church after a 28 year pastorate, the congregation threw me a big party.  There was a tent, catered lunch, and testimonials. Everyone in the church was invited.   It was great and I appreciate it but for me something was missing. 

I think a special service or ceremony was needed.  A ceremony  acknowledging the end of the relationship and the beginning of something  new for all of us.  Besides music, hymns (my favorites, of course), and prayers, there might have been a sermon on change.  Perhaps an official pronouncement of the end  and an exchange of symbolic gifts.  And a special blessing for all. 

And then the party!