Reverend Ingrid Busk offering prayers at the 2019 Remembrance Day Service in Rainbow Beach
After two-and-a-half years, my time in the Cooloola Coast region as part-time Anglican Community priest came to a sad but beautiful farewell on November 10.
Rainbow Beach reflects the beauty of not only the natural surroundings, but of the people who live in the region and also the many visitors who are attracted to come and relax.
Over my short time ministering here, I have encountered the various aspects of being a priest. We have farewelled many who no longer are able to stay in their own homes and have moved away to be closer to families.
I have officiated at funerals, a wedding and a baptism, offered prayers at the Rainbow ANZAC Day, Vietnam Day and Remembrance Day services, as well as the Sunday worship services. The Good Shepherd Church celebrated 25 years in 2018.
Being part of the ‘What’s New In the Zoo’, the Christmas Festival, World Day of Prayer and the Lantern Festival are a few of the memorable times I carry with me back to my home in Maleny.
My prayer for this beautiful region is for the friendly, hospitable and caring people who live in the Cooloola Coast area to be richly blessed as they themselves bless others. I also pray for a much needed medical centre to be established.
I have left a little part of myself with you, because of the moments we have shared. The fun, sad, happy, celebratory and worship. In turn I carry a little of the Cooloola Coast within me.
Until we meet again, farewell my friends and may you and your region continue to grow in love for each other and for the environment. The privilege has been mine.