June 5, 2016

Pastor Letter

I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. ~ Ephesians 3:16-18

Greetings Church,

It is a time of transitions all around, I feel. Transitions as the school year ends, and summer break commences. Transitions in our church as we celebrate the Rev. Mark Ulrickson’s retirement after 41 years in ministry, and as we welcome the Rev. Mark Sturgess, our appointed Lead Pastor. Transitions abound in our country’s leadership too as we experience the volatility of the presidential campaign.

It is in times of deep transition such as we are undergoing as a church and in the world that I am needing to remind myself of my grounding in Christ, my grounding in God’s love. For there are days right now when I find myself almost spinning with things to do, and a little nervous about what is coming next.

Rooting myself in Christ helps me to know that regardless of the amount or type of change that I am undergoing, God is with me. Jesus grounds me in God’s love and there isn’t now, nor will there ever be, anything that can change that. There is a larger narrative of love of which I am a part, to which I belong. And, change doesn’t stop or alter that in any way.

In fact, in my more salient moments, I know in my heart that change and transition are inherent parts of that love, integral parts of God’s story for me and for us. Our scripture testifies over and over again, that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the church which listens, discerns and moves will change and grow. As our scripture also testifies, that which roots us in such change is not anything of this world, not anything of us … but the way of the risen Christ, our Lord Jesus.

May we all be continually rooted in the boundless love of God as shared with us in the ways of the Christ.

Your sister in Christ,

Pastor Melinda