Grace and Peace to you! As autumn tightens its grasp, and the end of the outdoor season settles in, we also approach the end of our church calendar in which we find ourselves in a time of reflection, and anticipation. As my ministry as your deacon begins at Salem Lutheran, I have spent much time reflecting on the journey into this call to ministry of word and service. For a few weeks this October, I was privileged to stand in the pulpit and preach the Gospel in regards to how Jesus has commanded us to be generous to others with our resources; specifically our money, time, talents, and service. The act of service in which I speak, is not just to our God, but towards one another at Salem, and even more so to those that are not members of our congregation!
I invite you to continue to ask yourselves the following questions. Who do you serve? How do you serve? I invite you to explore how you might deepen your service or maybe increase your giving; not just in this place, but towards others who are in great need of hearing and experiencing the hope that we find in Jesus Christ. Have you met face to face, or held the hand of the less fortunate? If not, why not?
As I have found, pondering these questions may cause some uneasiness, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Being a Christian should never be perceived as being a member of a care-free, feel-good-club. As Jesus Christ suffered discomfort upon the cross, we then can certainly endure disquieted moments with the goal of strengthening our faith by adhering to his teachings. There’s no better time to challenge ourselves to live more like him than the present.
So dream big, brothers and sisters. In order to help guide me and my diaconal ministry to the faithful people of Salem and beyond, I have recently encouraged the staff and council to create a “sky-is-the-limit dream list” for our congregation. I ask that you join us in this exercise. Perhaps you will begin to imagine what the ministries of Salem can look like next year, five, and even ten years from now. Don’t be afraid to share your dream with Pr. Nathan, me, a council or staff member. If money, time, and resources were not a concern, what could we do better? Maybe there’s a way to make it happen! Through faith in Jesus Christ, all things are possible.