Dear Friends in Christ –

Yesterday, Jesus warned: “Judge not, lest you be judged.” This has been a difficult text to balance in light of our current situation. At the beginning of the pandemic, I told you that I would prefer to error on the side of caution. The Church Council agreed that we should not be defiant of government mandates. Now with recent surges throughout the country and even additional shutdowns, particularly in places like California, there has been some discussion about how we remain faithful and free. Let me offer two important notes:
1) One of the great things about Lutheran theology is the adaptability of our confession. As long as we have the Word and can share it freely (as we have been doing all along), then we remain Christians, called, claimed, and reclaimed by the preaching of Christ that leads to faith and loving service. While the way we gather on Sunday mornings/Wednesday afternoons has changed, many of you have appreciated the freedom and flexibility of the Online Service, especially appropriate in the time of pandemic.
2) On Saturday, September 26, you are invited to gather at Holy Cross and take in portions of the Augustana District Convention, including worship at 8:45am and the keynote address: “Religious Liberty: What it Is and Why We Need It” by The Honorable G. Barry Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Please let me know if you’d like to attend this gathering.
Living in Freedom & Sharing Christ’s Love,
Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday
(August 23), you are invited to read:
Psalm 4:1-8: Matthew 7:7-12

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