What is a legacy? A legacy is something handed down from one generation to the next — an inheritance or a precious heirloom. It might be an ethnic or cultural history, or beliefs about the world, or expectations of how you should be in the world. We experience some legacies as blessing and others as burden. What has been handed down to you? What have you received from those who went before? Even better, what is the legacy that you will leave behind? What are you passing down through the generations, for good or ill?
Here at BMPC, we have an annual Living Legacy Brunch. We welcome former ministers of the congregation, to honor them and to glean one more blessing from their words and their presence among us. These minister mentors in our faith are very much alive, and we look to them for inspiration and renewal, and, of course, for a chance to reminisce about days gone by.
We call our series the “Living Legacy” because the good work of these men and women lives on in those whom they served. Their legacies go beyond bricks and mortar, beyond bank accounts and trust funds. We find it glimmering in their good works. We see it sparking in the faith of former parishioners. We hear it resonate in the stories told about pivotal encounters and life-changing relationships.
This year we welcome the Rev. Dr. George Wirth, former Associate Pastor for Youth at BMPC and recently retired as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga. He has served on numerous boards of directors including Princeton Theological Seminary, Taskforce for the Homeless, the Chautauqua Institute, and the Day1 Advisory Board, and is a graduate of Princeton Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
For all his accomplishments, we are honoring George as one who touched the lives of our young people, teaching them about God’s love by his words and his presence. Jennifer Boylan, speaking at our Community Forum last spring, mentioned George by name and described how his pastoral sensibilities served as a lifeline, seeing her through difficult times and helping her to know that she is a cherished child of God with her own place in the Kingdom of God.