Since the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancelation of in-person services, the church has been recording for online worship but recently opened its doors again. Thayer is glad he stayed around to help the congregation through the pandemic to help stabilize the church.
The hardest part of being back in person is the lack of singing in the church: Thayer bases his his services on music and the hymns he writes. He also said it is hard to preach with a mask on to prevent the spread of the virus.
“It has been a tough retirement,” Thayer said. “I am going to miss it horribly.”
Thayer knew it was time retirement after feeling physically and mentally tired. Thayer said he could go on forever but his wife wouldn’t like that.
In the Methodist church, after a pastor retires is they cannot return to the church for at least a year, Thayer said.
“Eliot speaks about the changing of lives and two lines that stuck with me are, ‘In my beginning is my end’ how he starts the poem then he concludes, In my end is my beginning,” Thayer said. “That is how I am looking at life. That is the message I will leave the congregation with.”