A Post-Sabbatical Letter from Pastor Matt


Dear Church Family,

I walked to Trinity this morning for the first time in three months (!), and was excited to see construction fences up, and to hear the sound of an excavator digging a hole between the church and Trinity House. We are certainly in full swing and lots has been going on over the time we’ve been away on Sabbatical.

First and foremost, I want to thank the Trinity community for this sabbatical season over the past three months. It was an incredible gift to be able to completely un-plug from my responsibilities at Trinity, and to embrace a time of rest and family and renewal. Many of you took on added responsibilities in order to make this sabbatical time possible, especially in the midst of our building project. So, on behalf of the entire Robbins-Ghormley clan, we offer our heartfelt gratitude.

This Sabbatical time gave me the gift of extended time to get back into my own skin, to remember in a deep way who I am, and who God is. We tried to embrace what the Sabbath is all about - a time to cease work and to spend time in the things that truly give us life. We had generous amounts of unhurried time and made it into a summer filled with  adventures together as a family. We spent much of the summer outside, camping and hiking and fishing and kayaking and swimming and sharing many meals with neighbors, family and old friends. We had the incredible opportunity to play on the beaches of Kauai, and to explore that beautiful place. I enjoyed reading several great books and studying with Andy Crouch at Regent College’s Summer School in Vancouver B.C. on navigating our technological age for family and church (which I hope to share with all of you in a class I’ll teach at Trinity soon). I re-built the front porch of our house, and got a good start on a re-siding project of our garage. Lydia did great on all of our adventures, is growing every day (four months and counting), and all four of the other R-Gs are now completely smitten with her. 

My only contact with any of you was when I happened to run into you around town, and the Trinity eNews - so there is lots to catch up on! I look forward to seeing you all soon and hearing your stories, and am glad to be back with you in worship on this upcoming Sunday, September 1st at Wright Park.

God’s Peace be with you,

Matt Robbins-Ghormley