A Letter From Grace Lindvall, Trinity’s New Associate Pastor

When I introduced myself to the congregation last month, it was mentioned that I love to sail. Indeed, sailing in the summertime is one of my favorite activities. Last week while getting things packed and re-packed for my exciting move to Charlotte, I took some time for a late afternoon sailboat race in Michigan.

Two things about this sailboat race stood out to me and sparked my mind about the beginning of my time at Trinity. The first thing is the start. The start of any sailboat race is not actually the moment the boats cross the start line, it’s the five minutes before the race begins. At the five-minute mark, a horn is sounded and all the boats head behind the start line where they dance around each other, getting as close to the start line without crossing it. The horn blows again at 4 minutes and then at 1 minute and then for the start. A whole lot of racing is done before the race actually begins.

Just as a whole lot of racing is done before the race begins, a whole lot has been getting done as I prepare to begin serving at Trinity. This past month I have graduated from seminary, celebrated my ordination in early June and said goodbye to friends and family. I have excitedly prepared to come serve as the Associate Pastor for Missions and Church Growth at Trinity and I am thrilled that the time is now here and the work can continue. I have also been reminded “before the start” of the wonderful place to which I have been called, I beamed with joy from the video you made for my ordination service and have loved reading the welcome cards from the first grade Sunday School class. How happy I am to come and join you in ministry!

The second thing that happens in sailboat races has to do with the wind, the wind changes a lot in a sailboat race. Setting out on a plan for a course of action, when you will tack (turn) and how you will get to the mark is often a futile exercise. With almost any race, the wind changes directions, the wind dies down or picks up unexpectedly. When the wind changes, you react to the way the wind changes, trim your sails differently and tack your boat differently, so that it makes sense for the wind.

As I begin this exciting journey with Trinity, I want you to know that I am looking forward to seeing the ways that our church can grow, the places we are feeling pulled and the ways God is calling us. As we seek to grow and continue on the journey God has set us all on, I look forward to the ways we readjust, and react to God’s great and surprising call on our lives together.

Let me close by saying how grateful I am to be here, how happy I am to meet everyone, to learn about you and to serve God along with you.

In Christ,