Pastor's Message - 2018 June Newsletter


Pastor Jon Anderson

Second Timothy 2:8-“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David — that is my gospel…”

 

It has been my experience over twenty-three years of ministry in this area, that late spring and summer is a slow time for the church, but a busy time for everyone else. For farmers, there’s harvest and preparations for harvest; for many, there’s vacations, and summer sports, and camps, and summer jobs. During this period, church attendance typically drops, and few activities outside of worship are scheduled. Now, relax-I’m not going to rant and rave about the good old days, when people had their priorities straight. It makes no sense to mourn the past-it’s over, and there’s nothing we can do about it. But while I understand that there are many things we need to do, I would urge us not to forget about Jesus-the One who gives us the strength and the resources to do those necessary things. If you can find time in your busy schedule to join with friends and family at worship, celebrating the presence of Christ among us and being strengthened by His word, I would encourage you to do so. If you can’t do that, at least take time to pray and read God’s word on your own. Maybe you could call your pastor and tell him or her that you can’t make church, but you’d like to study the Scriptures for the coming Sunday. Also, don’t forget that whether you’re in church or not, the expenses of your church continue through the summer-maybe you could send in your offering for those Sundays you can’t be there. Another idea-when traveling, perhaps you could worship in a church in the community you’re visiting-I once had a parishioner who told me that he would sometimes ride for miles in a taxi to find a Lutheran church-but you could use the opportunity to visit a different church and discover how your brothers and sisters in other denominations worship. Whatever you do this summer, I encourage you to stay safe, and as Paul wrote, to “remember Jesus Christ”.

God’s peace be with you,

Pastor Jon Anderson


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