From Our Pastor
With joy I write my first my first piece for the Buffalo Presbyterian Newsletter! I feel incredibly blessed to have been called to be your pastor and to serve Christ alongside you all. I want to thank you for the incredible hospitality and welcome you have shown me in my first few weeks in town! So far I’ve been able to meet with almost all the committees and will continue to do so in the coming months. I also hope to stop in and say hi to the various Bible studies, crafty groups, music rehearsals, and other gatherings that are part of the congregation. Beginning October 3, I will have open office hours on Tuesdays from 10am-12 noon and on Wednesdays from 1pm-2:30pm. If you need to meet with me at another time please let me know and I’d be more than happy to set up a time to talk.
While I am excited that I have been called to Buffalo I am also aware of those people and places I have left behind to come here. The call of God is one that doesn’t always come when we would like it to. Sometimes it surprises us and catches us off guard, other times we feel like we have been waiting forever by the time we finally hear it. A call can be a simple change or a dangerous and radical redefinition of our very lives. While my call to Buffalo is not one I’d consider dangerous, it has radically redefined my life by moving me to a new town and a new state and it is a move I have gladly made. As I begin my call here and as we begin ministry together I offer this prayer written by Prof. Walter Brueggemann.
You are the God who makes extravagant promises.
We relish your great promises
And we exude in them.
Only to find out, always too late,
That your promise always comes
In the midst of a hard, deep call to obedience.
You are the God who calls people like us,
And the long list of mothers and fathers before us,
Who trusted the promise enough to keep the call.
So we give thanks that you are a calling God,
Who calls always to dangerous new places.
We pray enough of your grace and mercy among us
That we may be among those
who believe your promises enough
To respond to your call.
We pray in the one who embodied your promise
And enacted your call, even Jesus. Amen.
In the Grace of Christ, Pastor Brian Entz