Farewell to Pastor David and Karen Barber
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Worship began with the introit sung by the F.R.O.G.S. Ensemble—“All Things Bright and Beautiful”...
...and they returned to sing before the sermon with their heart-felt “God Be with You.”
In the children’s sermon, Pastor Barber used a driver’s license to introduce the idea that we are identified as God’s own.
As he began to preach, Pastor Barber put on the new stole—a gift from members of the “In Stitches” group. The stole was designed by Randy Castello and fabricated by Linda Miller, Linda Mizuno, and Biz Person.
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Near the end of worship, Congregation President Randy Christensen led the “Litany of Farewell” which released Pastor Barber and the assembly from their relationship of pastor and congregation.
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Peggy Anderson and Terry Hiller presented Pastor Barber with an appliqué version of the rose window near the Font.
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Potluck and Fellowship in the Courtyard
Everyone adjourned to the Courtyard for potluck and fellowship under the “Aloha” bulletin board.
As always, there was plenty of food...
...and warm fellowship filled the Courtyard.
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Program in the Nave
Following the potluck, everyone moved into the Nave for a fun and tear-filled program emceed by Michael Burnett.
First up was a moving rendition of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand” sung by Georgine Stark and accompanied by Carl Crosier.
Carl Crosier then shared his thoughts about Pastor Barber. He began with memories of the “insane” start with the St. Matthew Passion just weeks away; touched on David’s excellent leadership, preaching, and liturgical sense; and expressed gratitude for his sense of humor. Carl ended by thanking David and Karen “for the wonderful years you have shared with us. They will always be treasured.”
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Kathy Crosier presented a scrapbook made up pages created by members of the congregation, but warned that she had to take it back and re-bind it to accommodate additional pages submitted that day.
In typical LCH fashion, we were blessed by a visit from “Martin,” “Kate,” and “Scrieber,” the publisher (played by Fritz Fritschel, Sylvia Hormann-Alper, and Jim Niermann) with a story about Martin’s publication of his “wisdom” at the time of his retirement.
Several of our younger members presented a graceful hula.
...others joined them for “The Hukilau”...
...and the Barbers were even coerced into joining in the dance.
After a few personal words of thanks, Intern Pastor Josh Graber led recent confirmands in “A Brief Order for the Confirmation of Affirmations of Pastor David Barber.”
Follow this link to read the full text of the liturgy.
The program drew to a close with the presentation of gifts. First, lei from Bob Zimmer and Ray Herradura...
...then gag gifts from Randy Christensen in a plain brown wrapper—freeze dried poi to satisfy any cravings for Hawaiian food and a huge red handkerchief for their tears on the flight away from these islands...
...and a beautiful koa box, hand crafted by noted local wood worker, George Tanabe.
Finally, everyone present surrounded the Barbers for the closing prayer.
Mahalo and Aloha, Pastor David and Karen
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