Pastor Mary's office hours are: Monday 10-2pm Tuesday 9-12 and Wednesday 12-3 If you'd like to meet outside these hours, please call ahead to be sure she is in the office. Contact by church phone (715-879-5115), home phone (715-309-4065) or by email at: meide@luthersem.edu

April 2018

"Encouraging faith and proclaiming God's love by Gathering, Growing and Giving."





THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR MARY

Have no fear...SPRING IS HERE! I don't know about you, but I am more than ready for this new season to appear at our doorsteps. I mean really come and stay! In mid-March I had the opportunity to accompany my husband, son and some friends to the Minnesota United Loon (professional soccer team) season opener game at the TCF Bank stadium. What a glorious day to bask in the beauty of God's creation! The sky was a brilliant blue, the sun shone all day, and the overall temperature was pretty good...for March. It's hard to put into words exactly how much this small taste of Spring impacted me. It made my heart fill with joy, and my mind race with ideas of adventures we could enjoy together in the weeks and months ahead of us. I felt energized and alive, in ways I hadn't felt for months.

It's amazing the difference a day can make, because that ONE DAY helped my mind slip out of its Winter cocoon, and begin to spread its Spring wings. I felt energized and excited about what might lay ahead in the weeks to come.

And this all started to connect to what's been happening throughout our Lenten sermon series...Living our Baptism: The 5 Gifts of Discipleship. Throughout the season, we've been gathering at church for midweek Soup Suppers and Holden Evening Prayer Services. The soup, sandwiches and desserts have been delicious; and the conversations have been delightful. Each week we've been reading through portions of the Apostle Paul's letter to the church in Philippi, and gaining insight into what they teach us about continuing in the covenant (promise) God made with us in Holy Baptism. This process includes five gifts from God-not requirements, to help shape our new life in Christ.

* To LIVE among God's faithful people
* To HEAR the word of God and SHARE in the Lord's Supper
* To PROCLAIM the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
* To SERVE all people, following the example of Jesus
* To STRIVE for justice and peace in all the earth

For weeks we've been hunkered down in the warmth of the building, the comfort of good conversations, food and worship. But on Sunday, April 1st it's all going to change...because on Easter morning we will have an opportunity to celebrate with songs, prayers and praise...WHO it is we believe in...live for...and long to live with forever.

It's amazing the difference a day can make, because on that ONE DAY, nearly 2,000 years ago, EVERYTHING changed! Jesus' resurrection from the dead is at the core of our baptism, our beliefs, and the gifts of discipleship. "In Holy Baptism our gracious heavenly Father liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ...in the waters of Baptism we are reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life." (Holy Baptism, LBW, p. 121) Every single day we can wake up remembering this reality...reminding ourselves of how we have been given NEW LIFE and ETERNAL LIFE.

My prayer is that with this dose of daily Good News, we will feel energized and excited about what the day may bring: WHO will you meet? WHAT opportunities to LIVE, HEAR, SHARE, PROCLAIM, SERVE and STRIVE for Jesus will come your way? We will not allow fear or uncertainty hold us back from living as a follower of the one and only Jesus Christ...but instead we will move forward relying on the Holy Spirit to guide our way and our words. Have no fear...YOUR SAVIOR IS NEAR!

Spring blessings and Easter Greetings to you and yours,

Pastor Mary


Last updated: April 2nd, 2018