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September 13, 2018 1st Anniversary Wishes 3 comments

Most priests know Serrans support them; but Priesthood Sunday is the to send gifts and wishes to priests who now live in retirement homes.

Retirement Blessings Priest, Cross on Wood card

Customize: Inside text only
Inside Text: As a priest, you have labored tirelessly with love and sacrifice in the service of our Lord. Thank you for all that you have done throughout the years. Congratulations
Artist: Sandra Rose Designs
Artist Notes: The wooden look background sets off the digital metal cross. Wish blessings and show your appreciation for a priest who is retiring with this beautiful and handsome card.
Product Id: 1444164

Priest Retirement, Lotus Flower on Green Cross car…

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Inside Text: You have served the Lord tirelessly and with great devotion. You have made a difference in the lives of so many. As you retire, may the Lord continue to richly bless you and keep you in His loving care.
Artist: Sandra Rose Designs
Artist Notes: This card offers retirement wishes for a priest. A lotus flower is softly seen in the background and a purple flower is in the center of the cross. Send blessings to him as he retires.
Product Id: 1452316

Priest Retirement Greeting Card-Blue Rosary Laying…

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Inside Text: May the blessings of the Lord be upon you as you follow in His way. May you find joy and peace as He inspires you each day.
Artist: � Sheryl Kasper
Artist Notes: Priest Retirement Greeting Card with image of a blue rosary, laying on top of a vintage black bible. Inner verse is customizable. Thank you for visiting ... Sheryl Kasper Card Store
Product Id: 505064

Retirement of Priest, Stained Glass Cross and Whit…

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Inside Text: Celebrating the retirement of a special Priest. Thank you for your dedication to God and to The Church.
Artist: Teri Nelson Kuster
Artist Notes: Celebrate the retirement of a special Priest in your Church, by sharing this lovely retirement congratulations card with them. It will not only congratulate them, it will also thank them for their service to The Church in a beautiful and beautifully written way. The elegant hand lettered wording, on the front of the card, surrounds a central cross design with the words "Congratulations on Your Retirement as a Priest". The cross at the center of the card contains the rich colors of tangerine orange, cobalt blue and sunshine yellow to create the beautiful effect of a stained glass cross with light coming through it. Two white doves fly near the cross. The inside wording of the card is "Celebrating the retirement of a special Priest. Thank you for your dedication to God and The Church."
Product Id: 1435342

Priest Retirement Card

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Inside Text: Thank you for your years of service to our congregation. You have been a true inspiration and blessing to us all. May God continue to light your way as you journey into retirement. Peace Be With You
Artist: � Kathy Henis
Product Id: 505430

Priest Retirement Congratulations- FUNNY card

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Inside Text: Has the big guy upstairs approved this? (and I’m not referring to the Pope) He must have other plans for you then! Congratulations, and good luck!
Artist: Tom Rent
Artist Notes: This can also be changed into an announcement, invitation, or congratulations card by you changing the inside text using the Personalization option - It's EASY! Free Modifications. Contact me through my Card Store. - Tom Rent
Product Id: 566032

Priest Happy Retirement, Cartoon Armchair with Rem…

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Inside Text: It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself! Congratulations!
Artist: Kate Taylor
Artist Notes: A cute card to send to any much appreciated priest on the occasion of his retirement. His slippers and armchair are waiting for him!
Product Id: 1467650

Priest Retirement, Gold Chalice, on Black & White …

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Inside Text: With gratitude, we thank you for your many years of service to your people in faithful ministry. May God continue to bless you in your retirement years.
Artist: Sandra Rose Designs
Artist Notes: After a priest has given so many years of service to his people this retirement card shows gratitude and thanks to him. The gold chalice on black and subtle white pattern is an elegant way to say thank you and wish him blessings as he retires.
Product Id: 1444158

Retirement for Priest card

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Inside Text: I confess that we won’t notice any difference once you retire! Will we? Happy Retirement!
Artist: Tom Rent
Artist Notes: This can also be changed into an announcement, invitation, or congratulations card by you changing the inside text using the Personalization option - It's EASY! Free Modifications. Contact me through my Card Store. - Tom Rent
Product Id: 505410

Happy Retirement Priest, Cartoon Armchair with Pla…

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Inside Text: Wishing you many years of happy relaxation ahead!
Artist: Kate Taylor
Artist Notes: A cartoon armchair with a small table by the side of it with a plate of bacon on it. The words 'Happy retirement to a wonderful priest' accompany the image.
Product Id: 1579714

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Lots of free retirement card messages you can write in your card. have lots of other categories to always help you know what to write in your next greeting card.

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Gifts and parties are fun and exciting and can be sentimental too, but there’s nothing like the written word when it comes to expressing your heartfelt thanks and wishing your pastor a happy retirement. Perhaps you have some Shakespeare of your own buried deep inside and want to try your hand at composing something original. Or maybe you’d rather trust your pen to the pros and borrow the words of another. Either way, the sentiment won’t be missed.

  • Pastor Retirement Scriptures
  • Pastor Retirement Poems
  • Pastor Retirement Notes/Cards (Writing Tips)

Pastor Retirement Scriptures

There is a lot of verse in the bible that refers to the leadership role of the pastor as well as the idea of fulfilling one’s service to God. The examples below would be perfect choices for readings at a pastor’s final service. You could also pen one in a card to go with a gift. This scripture is taken from Open Bible.

Jeremiah 29:11ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Acts 20:24 ESV

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Luke 1:23 ESV

And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

Psalm 90:16-17 ESV

Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Psalm 92:12-14 ESV

The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,

Pastor Retirement Poems

The lyricism and beauty of poetry makes it an ideal choice when used to honor retirement. Many poems with a religious focus have been written to honor pastors. has a selection that would work very well for pastor retirement. The example below is a piece by Judy Crowe:

For all the times you walked with me
And gently held my hand,
The times you stopped to answer why,
To help me learn and understand.
Each time I fall or stumble, you
Reach out to me and lift me up to stand.
You are there in good times,
Even though I forget to thank you.
You are there in bad times,
To pick me up and see me through.
Thank you Pastor for being there
To make each day brand new.

The poem you choose doesn't have to be religious in focus. You can choose any piece of poetry that honors leadership, guidance or the institution of retirement. This excerpt from a poem by Juanita Farrar called “Varied Visions of Retirement” might fit the bill perfectly.

RETIREMENT: An acquired belief that failure is impossible.
Investments made early-on, makes dividends more profitable.
Beneath it all, the pride of your labors will show.
Like a harvest moon or a brightly colored rainbow.

RETIREMENT: An emotional calmness, filled with tranquility.
Extraordinary comforts - turn dreams into reality...
Holding this thought: Retirement is not a career ending...
New attractions, plus foresight - makes it a career beginning.

RETIREMENT: An intriguingly different lifestyle.
Imagine vividly your ego at peace for a while.
Without sacrifice your future has become a reality.
Custom designed and made valid by your own success.

Read the full piece online at Poem Hunter.

Finally, if your soul feels stirred, remember, you can always write an original piece. If you have a knack for rhyming, consider couplets. If you’d rather explore free verse go ahead and do so. Children can get in on the fun too with simple acrostics. Consider the example below:

Positive and kind
Astute and enlightened
Sweet and patient
Thorough and detailed
Owns his vision
Respects other views

Righteous and humble
Exciting and fun
I’ll miss him
Day in and day out

Best of luck with your retirement Pastor Reid, we’ll be praying for you!

This is a simple way for children and young teenagers to express their view on pastor retirement. Younger kids can make an art project out of it and older kids can write it in a card.

Pastor Retirement Notes and Cards and Tips

When you boil it down, writing a note or a card is the most basic way to say goodbye, but with a little presentation, it can also be the most meaningful. One fun way to bring the sentiments of a note or card to life is to have parishioners read them aloud at a farewell celebration. It can be a small group like the elders or senior staff, or you can invite the entire congregation to take the microphone during a special potluck or party. No one should feel pressured to share their thoughts in public, but those who would like the opportunity should be given the chance.

Special packaging is also a great gift for a collection of handwritten notes. A vintage suitcase or hatbox, glass display box or even a silk bag are all great choices for notes from adults.

If the children of the church have been tasked with writing their own notes and poems or have perhaps created artwork, why not let the kids design the vessel to carry it all away? One simple idea is to get a large cardboard box with a detachable lid and cover the whole thing in butcher paper. Once the box is a solid color, kids can decorate the box with stickers, layered tissue paper, paint handprints, even a photo collage. Your retiring pastor won’t be able to look at his specially designed keepsake box without a fond smile and happy memory.

Note Writing Tips

If you are just looking to get started on a note and don’t know where to begin, here are five simple rules to follow for a heartfelt, well-written message.

1.) Longer isn't better. You don’t need to drone on for two full pages to make your message clear. An honest, heartfelt paragraph is always preferable to a rambling treatise.

2.) Draw on specific memories. Remarking on a memorable sermon, revisiting a shared anecdote or sharing a never before heard story is a great way to make a note a heartfelt token.

3.) Borrow from the pros. If you are scratching your head for the perfect way to begin, try a line of scripture or meaningful quotation. It will get you started with flair and set the tone for your note.

4.) Proofread. Check your note for grammar, punctuation, style and flow before you seal it. Some people prefer to type it on the computer and then re-copy it by hand once it is perfect.

5.) Be yourself. Write like you talk; there’s no need to put on airs. Your note should sound like you, not some shined up version of yourself you’re trying to create.

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If you have a friend, co-worker or family member who is religious then you may want to consider using one or more religious retirement messages or wishes in their card. They can help to express the feelings you have in a better way and also to show them how their faith can guide them during this new time of their life. Religion can often be a shining light when someone may feel overwhelmed or nervous about changes.

So try one of the religious retirement wishes below.

Best wishes my friend
on your early retirement
our Lord will bless you
in all your future plans
with the desires of your heart

Isaiah 46:4 “Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.”

God will always be near you
showering his blessings and faith
on you and your family
He’ll guide you with His love
walking the path of retirement

Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

Even now you retire
our Lord has plans for you
spreading His words of love
and passing your wisdom
to all your grandchildren

Jeremiah29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Allow our Lord to
use your wisdom, commitment,
and abilities
to further help people in need
wish you a heartwarming retirement

Psalm 71:9 “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.”

May our Savior bless you
with an excellent health and
enrich your retirement life
with happiness and proud
in your future endeavors

Proverbs 16:31 “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.”

God has blessed us
with a wonderful colleague
all these past years
you’ve guided us when needed
with your wisdom and experience
thanks and enjoy your retirement

Genesis 28:15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”


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