A Litany of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of the Reverend Al Hager (1923-2017) at Lake Quivira Community Ministry
By Barb Prater
Loving God, we of Lake Quivira Community Ministry offer these our thanksgivings for the life and ministry of Al Hager. For Al, who showed up on his first Sunday in a suit and tie, attempting to start worship on time in a preschool building where people wouldn’t quietly take their seats; who, being an astute and flexible soul, adapted quickly; who came to Quivira expecting to serve for just a few months and ended up staying for over twenty years; who gave us leadership and direction, who helped us understand how to organize ourselves as a congregation and found ways for everyone to share their gifts; who in teaching from God’s Word, helped us become prayer warriors, missionaries and the doers of God’s work; who challenged us with his messages, boldly addressing situations few congregants dealt with while sharing richly from his personal experience; who helped us understand that forgiveness takes time and agape, challenging us to wish the best for those who had hurt us; who embraced silence in the presence of God; who welcomed everyone with his smile, worked to create a place for all ages, helped resource a children’s Sunday School class and presented Bibles to our children; who was mentor, father-figure, spiritual guide, wise sage, and pastor; who was a dear friend to us all and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you, God, for blessing us with Al Hager. Finally, God, we thank you also for the gift of Dot, Al’s great partner in ministry, who generously listened and shared insights with all. We offer these thanksgivings in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
~Written by several LQCM members
Dr. Reverend Al Hager was a lifelong learner, attending Oklahoma City University, Garrett Theological Seminary, University of Edinburgh, and Menninger Foundation in Pastoral Care. He is well known here for building up Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village from one-room to 2,600 people, serving from 1955 to 1981. But his other service was varied and world-wide. During WWII, training as an Army Air Corps pilot, he was derailed with a parachute accident, so he landed as an assistant in the chaplain’s office.
In the early 50’s Al served as Chaplain at Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii. Al served from 1981-87 as the Kansas City District Superintendent for the United Methodist Churches. As part of a Kansas mission outreach delegation, he talked with US Embassy staff in Moscow and Jerusalem. After his first retirement Al took a pastorate in Chislehurst, England, and another year in the Bay of Islands Uniting Parish in New Zealand, returning to lead the LQCM flock for over twenty years. Frank Leadley, lay minister of the Bay of Islands church, says, “Al brought with him a great depth of spirituality and a scholarly approach, coupled with a personal warmth which enabled him to relate very capably to people at all stages of their spiritual journey.”
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