This Saturday afternoon Hannah and I make a point of going to the open house to greet Rachel, the candidate for Associate Pastor at our church. We are in full Woody Allen mode for the occasion. 90% of life is just showing up.
In the United Church of Christ, the congregation decides who to call as pastor. Rachel is here for the weekend to meet various committees and individual church members; she’ll preach tomorrow. Immediately after the service, church members will vote yeah or nay. Showing up this afternoon to support her is my gift.
There in the church parlor, Hannah and I greet her. She’s tall with a warm and welcoming smile. I thank her for considering us, knowing it’s not just us deciding on her but she on us as well. I got my fingers and toes crossed we vote as a congregation to call her.