As June begins, we begin the season of Pentecost which is the longest season of the church year. The first half of the year goes through the life of Jesus and the second half, the Pentecost season, focuses on the life of discipleship, being a follower of Jesus. We begin with Trinity Sunday which reminds us that God in Godself is about relationship. Being a disciple, we learn in the days that follow, is what it means for us to be in relationship with God and with one another.

We are called to always be growing in grace and in knowledge of Jesus so that we might deepen our relationship with God and one another. As we grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus, our lives are conformed to Christ’s so that we become channels and instruments of God’s love and grace in the world.

We have been doing things differently since March 13th. We have been worshiping in new ways, holding meetings through Facebook and Zoom and reaching out by snail mail and phone calls. One things that I have heard several times over these days, is that you have been very intentional in reaching out — to family, to friends, even to people you don’t even know by supporting ministries that help those greatly impacted by Covid. I hope that as things return more to “normal” that we don’t lose that intentionality in making contact with others. That is something that God calls us to and I think that we will be stronger as individuals and as a congregation if we continue to be intentional in this way. We have learned what a gift it is to be connected to one another and we are stronger for it.

As I write this column, it is the middle of May. It is still uncertain when we will again have in person worship and what that will look like. We have guidelines that have come from the Synod office and the CDC. When we return, we will still have precautions for keeping one another healthy and safe. Until we do gather again, I encourage you to follow the guidelines we have:wash your hands, wear a mask when you are in public spaces around people, and keep space between yourself and others. We have flattened the curve, but the virus is still among us. Let’s love our neighbors and one another by doing what we can to keep each other healthy.

Thank you for your partnership in the gospel.We are a powerful witness to love and grace and the goodness of God. Blessings on your June! Pastor Siri Sorenson