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Farewell Pastor Simon Cooper

Farewell Pastor Simon Cooper

After nearly eight years of ministry to the Luther College community, Pastor Simon Cooper accepted a call to Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Noosa, commencing at the beginning of Term 3.

This has been a week of farewells for Pastor Simon, including a Rite of Farewell, attended by the whole school community.

 

Pastor Simon shares the following thoughts as he, and his wife Wendy Cooper who has also served the College as a Year 7 and 8 Focus Teacher, prepare for their departure.

 

 

What a strange last few weeks it’s been for me and my family. There’s a bit of a ‘ground rush’ as the day for my departure from Luther approaches. Excitement builds as I prepare for my next leg of life’s journey and head off to a new ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Noosaville, Queensland. But my mind is also frequently in retrospective mode. I can’t help but reflect on the many memories of the past 7.5 years: the two-way learning and ministry opportunities that have come through classroom lessons, Year 7 camps, Luther Journey and Central Australia camps, djembe drum incursions, Census 10, staff theology PDs, weekly chapel and other special services, sharing the gift of music with staff and students and parents, visiting the sick, counselling students and staff, prayer sessions and meetings, home and hospital visits, cooking for students and preparing countless hot chocolates in the Ministry Centre, chips with chapel tech students and sausage sizzle fundraisers with the Social Justice team, indoor soccer, hacky sack antics, Race Around Maroondah, enlightening and delicious Food Technology excursions, cross-country skiing with Outdoor Ed classes, the eye-opening ALWS visits to project regions in Africa, facilitating Teacher and Student ALWS service trips and seeing the community respond to the call for help, connecting with staff from other Lutheran schools at workshops and conferences, tears and laughter, frustration and satisfaction, chaos and peace, and last, but far from least, those unplanned little conversations which are part of any given day here at Luther.

 

In all of these I’ve been so blessed through the people God has placed in my life through Luther College. Christ comes to us through each other – even in the most lowly times and situations. This is the miracle of the cross and its impact on history. I’ve also witnessed the wonderful life-giving work of the Holy Spirit - calling, gathering and sanctifying people in a way that is as unpredictable as the wind, and yet with results that outlast even time itself.

 

So how could I ever forget you all? Most importantly we can all remember the love of our Lord God who never forgets his people, as the reading from Isaiah tells us in order to comfort us wherever our respective paths may lead:

 

Can a mother forget her nursing child?
    Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
    I would not forget you!
See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands. (Isaiah 49:15,16)

 

Thank you Luther! And may God bless you always!

Pastor Simon

 

The Luther College community thanks Pastor Simon and Mrs Cooper for their service and wishes them every blessing as they embark on their new ministry opportunity.

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