Last sunday, mierdel was bidden farewell with a coarse and colorful festive service in the grobgarnstadt church. The church congregation gave its beloved pastor a very personal and loving send-off.
Peter mierdel was involved in his last place of work for almost a quarter of a century – exactly 24 years and 11 months. The clergyman immediately took the reading from the gospel of luke as the text for the sermon. It is about the invitation of an important person to a rough dinner. However, none of the invited guests wanted to or could attend, everyone had their reasons and excuses. Then the host invited all the fringe groups of society to his banquet.
Sermon in the budget chute
Mierdel entered the saulenkanzel in a household shurze and referred to the fact that he is often "the ott" as a head servant in the service of his master. In his sermon, he explained that god likes to help people in all situations in life. Moreover, through jesus christ there is always forgiveness and the possibility of a new beginning with god.
The children's choir "gotteskinder and the "plenty go(o)d" gospel choir enriched the service with their songs.
Dean stefan kirchberger performed the adoption ceremony. He pointed out that peter mierdel had been a pastor for a good 37 years. The dean focused on a verse from the first letter to the corinthians. There it says: "but now remain faith, hope, love, these three; but love is the grossest among them." This love has lived mierdel. The dean also thanked the family of the pastor for the support and accompaniment. He presented his wife, birgit mierdel, with a colorful bouquet of flowers.
Words of praise were delivered by pastor rolf robteuscher from niederfullbach and pastor auguste zeib-horbach from grub am forst, who also accompanied the words of gruber confidant andrea huxoll on the accordion. Huxoll pointed out the trusting cooperation with mierdel. Robteuscher called mierdel a friend, brother and colleague.
Manager and pastor
Mayor bernd reisenweber also thanked the outgoing pastor for his creative and life-affirming service. As a pastor in grobgarnstadt, he was not only a spiritual authority, but also acted as a manager, pastor and on other levels. "People are asking how they can live a meaningful life", the mayor pointed out. Mierdel gave answers.
Hubert heymann, the representative of the grobgarnstadt church congregation, also spoke emotionally and very positively about the pastor's work. He had been a mentor for many other pastors, had brought the christian message in an understandable way and had accompanied many a service with his guitar. "I can justifiably say: you have been a blessing for the church community of grobgarnstadt."
"Retirement has come"
At the end of the service, peter mierdel did not miss the opportunity to say goodbye to his congregation with his guitar. He sang "goodbye garnstadt, goodbye, auf wiederseh'n, der abschied fallt nicht leicht. Which makes him a little easier, the pension is reached."
As a replacement in the vacancy stands from the 10. July pastor peter trapp ready. Until the said time, pastor auguste zeib-horbach takes over the care of the congregation.