Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pastor’s Message

August 1, 2017 by  
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AUGUST.  More than a month, it was my paternal grandfather’s name.  But I already told you that last year … starting to repeat myself is not a good sign, is it?

August … our schools reopen.  Summer’s over.  Our congregation program schedule doesn’t hit high gear until after Labor Day but there’s lots of planning going on to make things go smoothly when things start moving then.

Here’s an update on our “Hints Box” that, I think, is really good news.  It had been about six months since I’d ask the keeper of the box for an update on what’s been shared or raised or asked, and I learned that there were no new items to report in that whole time.  I think that’s good news because I think we’re still getting lots of feedback and lots of communication from Nativity’s family.  And if we don’t need the Hints Box for that to happen, praise God.  We’re moving along.  And the Council joins me in that opinion.  So we’re taking the box out of service … at least for now.

This “green season” – the time after Pentecost – our Sunday texts keep challenging us to grow in the ways of discipleship and calling us to new ways to do that.  Richard Blue is the new Pastor at our sister church in Lantana, and he shared this Franciscan blessing for us to ponder with him and his congregation this month:

May God bless us wih DISCOMFORT … at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial

relationships … so that we may live deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with ANGER … at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of

people … so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless us with TEARS to shed  … for those who suffer from pain, rejection, hunger, and war … so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.

And may God bless us with enough FOOLISHNESS … to believe that we ca ake a difference in this world … so that we can do what others claim cannot be done …

to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

And by the time you read this we’ll have elected our Call Committee at the Special Congregation Meeting on July 30, installed them for service, and started regular communications with you about their progress and tasks.  Remember them and their ministry among us for God’s blessing on and through them for Nativity.  And it’s not too early to start praying for blessings on your new Pastor!

It’s kind of like my family praying for God’s blessing on our unborn granddaughter and her mom.  She’ll be joining us, God willing, about Labor Day.  Lots we don’t know about her either, but lots to pray about anyway.  If you want a name it’s Magdalena … Maggie for short.

Pastor Lutze

 

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