Dear Friends in Christ –

Over the weekend, Oliver and I went out to South Dakota to spend some time with my family at the South Dakota State Fair (an entirely different experience than the Great Minnesota Get Together, but that’s for another day). In three days, I put on 42,400+ steps and Oliver probably put on three times as many. Each day I wore my good walking shoes, which I knew had a tiny hole in the mesh, but didn’t think too much of it. With that much walking, the hole became bigger and bigger. The structure integrity of the shoes changed and by the end of the day on Saturday, my big toe hurt and it was getting uncomfortable to navigate the fair. On the drive home, I kept thinking about the hole in my shoe…and wondering what it could teach me. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
Last week during our confirmation meeting, we discussed Holy Cross’ core values of the God-fashioned life. They include the Word of God, corporate Worship, the Community of faith, the Lutheran Confession, and Spiritual gifts and Service. These values provide the structural integrity of our faith and life together. It is our prayer that each value permeates the entire ministry of our congregation. If one was missing, it would be like getting a hole in your shoe. While your faith will still be functional, it won’t provide the solid foundation needed to journey with Christ throughout your life. As we begin another year of ministry together, I hope that these values will begin and continue to shape your own life. May the work we do together give us a good footing as we follow Christ and live the God-fashioned life together!

Blessings on your week –
Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday
(September 9), you are invited to read:
Genesis 1:1 – 2:4

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