The Passing Parson

A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition.  Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office.  In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.

The Passing Parson

Posted by Mark Edwards on Thursday, February 11, 2016 @ 3:31 PM

A Blog Post by George Koch, D. Min

  1. In this Blog: A new name for my blog posts; Humility and Africa

  2. The Passing Parson.
    I got that nickname because of my love for fast cars, especially Chevrolets and foreign sports cars. I think it's genetic; I have cousins who feel the same way. But the nickname also works for the interim ministry that I do: I am always "passing through" from one setting to another.

    The success of my ministry is to work myself out of a job by having a congregation prepared and focused for the mission to which God has called it and has found the pastor to help them get there.

    When you think of it, we are all "passing" - through life, through space and time. Ash Wednesday reminds that all of us are passing: "remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return." It's not maudlin; it's just the facts.

    Lent, by focusing on the deep things of life, brings us closer to God who is both eternal and loving. My wish for you is that this Lent is a time that will bring you closer to God.

  3. "Give up pride; take up Humility".
    Bob Lutz is a successful car maker who has worked at Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. Known as "Mr. Horsepower," for his quest to make autos bigger, faster and more profitable, he was at GM during the 2008 financial crash when GM went bankrupt. His superiors were let go; it was up to Lutz to engineer a turn-around. half of the GM brands will be axed; the other four will be trimmed back severely.

    As Lutz and his fellow executives planned for the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, it was a somber affair. The show would be pared down, "radically de-blinged" as Lutz put it. "It would be a good time for a little humility," Lutz told the execs.

    Sometimes even the most successful of us have to take up humility. This Sunday we will focus on Naaman, who by finding humility, finds God. Join us!

  4. African GIFT.
    Remember that this Sunday (2/14/16) is a GIFT Sunday with one service at 9:30 AM, followed with a program talking about our ministry WITH our African Partners. We will learn about ministry, eat African food and sing African hymns. Join us!


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