“Emily’s Post” By Kaylee Godfrey [old intern, new member]
Since I have reached the conclusion of my internship at First on Fifth, Emily has graciously allowed me to hijack her weekly post to share with you all some of the wonderful things that have happened to me this past year. Attempting to quantify all the things I have learned and all the ways I have grown through this opportunity is extremely difficult, but I am going to try my best! To try to explain this, I have decided upon 3 areas in which to share with you. These are the ways that I have learned, the ways that I have loved, and the ways that I have lived.
- I have learned what it takes to serve a Wednesday night meal, how to write the Prayers of the People, and how a bereavement team prepares for a funeral.
- I learned more names than I ever thought I could (even though I am still working on getting all the names!)
- I am thankful that I get to keep learning from this church, because this summer I get to learn how to build ramps with SOS and how to baptize someone when the baptistry is full.
- I have been loved by this community fully, and was loved before I even became deserving of it.
- I have loved being with each of you through the tumultuous changes we have seen this year in the life of the church.
- I have been graciously accepted as I am, allowed to preach and practice my skills, and you accepted my words and loved me through the imperfections.
- This internship allowed me to live into my calling in ways that I never have been able to before, finally seeing and naming myself as a minister.
- I have lived in community with you and you opened up your tables to me, both in your homes and on Wednesday nights at supper.
- I am so thankful that I get to continue living and growing in this beloved community as a new church member, traveling along this sacred journey with each and every one of you.
For all that has been, I give thanks. For all that will be, I say yes!
I cherish each and every one of you and this beloved community that is First on Fifth. Thank you for loving me so well!
Kaylee the [old] intern