The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:22-23 NRSV

Monday, May 18, 2009

How Crazy is This...?

This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

I finally get what I've been praying for and I am almost too busy to enjoy it. What's up with this? In a word, on yesterday May 17th, I received a call to become the 5th pastor of the 119-year-old St. Paul's Baptist Church in Philadelphia. The church may be found at 1000 Wallace St., just 3 short blocks from the Spaghetti Warehouse (everyone needs landmarks). In fact, I understand that there are quite a few great restaurants in the neighborhood.

I have to give a shout out to the Pastoral Search Committee, who conducted a fair and clean process. Even before the vote was conducted, I already found the process to be a healing one. Since having been elected? Well, let me say "This is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our eyes."

It is my plan to begin my service to the congregation on May 31st. Anyone in Philly please come and see what the Lord is doing at St. Paul's Baptist Church.

18 comments:

Revvy Rev said...

Congratulations on your appointment. It is apparent from your writings that you have a special anointing and that there are no limits to what God has called you to do. I am confident that great and greater things are in store as you begin this Divinely appointed assignment.

Deborah Flores said...

Congratulations! I am rejoicing along with you on this day, a blessed day indeed. Also, I want to hear more about those great restaurants.

Karen and Charles said...

We cannot begin to put into words how happy we are not only for you but for ourselves as well. This has been a long time coming but clearly worth the wait. As we said on New Year's Day, "we can be patient". God has truly delivered for us all.

T. Boddy said...

congratulations. i know this is something you have been praying for. i trust that God will produce great things under your leadership of this assembly.

Evie said...

Congratulations and welcome to St. Paul's!! Our prayer have been answered as well and we look forward to welcoming you as our new pastor. I will be in Prayer for you and our congregation as I anticipate God doing a wonderful thing on the corner of 10th and Wallace.

Sis Abbie said...

Pastor, I am very, very happy for you! God is an
awesome God who does what he wants to when he wants to. I am looking forward to great ministries at
St Paul's under your leadership!

D T Watson Ministries said...

Congrats! Dr. I will be praying for you and the St. Paul's Family they got a blessing one of the nations great.

Pastor Watson
New Life Christian Fellowship
(Formerly Unity Baptist Church)
Chester Pa

rjweems said...

Yaaaaaayyyy!
Excsue me. Cough. Cough.
Praise the Lord!!

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi Pastor Callahan...

I'm not a member of the church or anything... just a blogger who is trying to get you used to hearing that! *smiles*

I see that Dr. Perryman was theeeee first to bring you congrats so I apologize for my inexcusable tardiness!

I hope that pastoring will not take your time from blogging because you have many readers who want to see more of your material!!

I hope you'll do a weekly podcast or something so we can have some sermon snippets!!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

laurabeth said...

Congratulations, Pastor! I'm so glad for you. As always, I can't come on Sunday to join y'all in worship but I am very excited nonetheless. :)

jessica said...

Congrats, Congrats, Congrats, Rev. Callahan! I heard about your appointment on Something Within, but I lurk on your blog from time to time. If your writing here is any indication of the type of pastor you will be, then St. Paul is surely blessed. I wish you all the best!

Dennis Wiley said...

Leslie, my wife and I congratulate you on your historic call to pastor St. Paul's. We know you will do a great job. Also, thank you for the shout out on Something Within concerning our stained glass windows at Covenant. We will keep you in our prayers and ask that you do the same for us.

Leslie D. Callahan said...

Thanks everyone for your warm wishes. Thanks especially to Dr. Weems for the wonderful mention in her blog. And believe me, Renita, "Yay" means Praise the Lord in this instance.

@Pastor(s) Wiley. I am always loving those stained glass windows. They make my heart glad. Please continue to keep St. Paul's in prayer. We are believing God for great things in the name of the Lord.

A Daughter of the King said...

Congrats! I look forward to visiting St. Paul's some day soon. God bless you and your ministry. In the words of Dr. Weems, "Yaaaaaayyyy!"

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