I was asked to serve as the Preacher for Family Camp at Mt Carmel Ministries, Alexandria, MN, this week. My family and I are enjoying the beauty of creation, enjoying fellowship with other “pastor families”, and growing in our faith. It is a privilege to preach the Word throughout the week, too.
On Sunday, you saw several folks step up to lead and serve in the absence of the church staff. Darci Kvam, one of our trained caring ministers, led the liturgy and presided at Holy Communion. Wendy Clark and the Podolskes capably supported the congregational singing. Anastasia Martin, Faith and Learning Deacon on the Church Council, gave the children’s message. Steve Berg, former council president, preached the sermon. Our Property and Grounds Deacon, Jason George made sure that the building was open and the coffee was brewed for fellowship.
The thing I hated most about the pandemic is how “me-centric” our ministry felt. We are not a cult of personality, unless that person is Christ Jesus only. I’m grateful that we are back to being a community of believers gathered around the Word and Sacraments that we might grow in faith, love, and obedience to God’s will for us in Christ Jesus our Savior. Whether your pastor is there or not, our shared ministry continues. I am so grateful for all the ways that our ministry is in good hands, held and shared by all of us.
Blessings on your week!
To prepare for worship on Sunday
(June 26), you are invited to read:
Hosea 5:3–6:6; Hosea 11:1-12