FROM THE PASTOR
FROM THE PASTOR
This year, in the church year, the month of June kicks off with the Day of Pentecost. We hear of the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples who have been waiting behind locked doors for 50 days. Peter proclaims that a day of fulfillment has arrived – God is pouring out the Spirit on all people – men and women, young and old, slave and free. God is on the move through the people God has gathered to be the church.
That means God is on the move through you! The action of the Spirit is a bringing in and a sending forth. Martin Luther writes that when we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we mean that God has called us into a faith relationship; God has gathered a diverse people together; God has made holy this group of people. Then God sends this group – the Church – out into the world to gather more people.
God does through us. We each have a unique gift and ability that God uses to build up the church and our communities. Paul writes that “each has been given a spiritual gift for the common good.” You have a gift. You are a gift to others. One of the tasks of discipleship is to discover that gift. We pray that God will help us to know it and see it. We ask God to equip us to use our gifts. We also ask God to show where and with whom we can serve. God does all this so that the calling, gathering, enlightening, and sanctifying work of the Spirit is manifest in the world more and more.
As we come together, gathered by God at Grace Lutheran, we can know that God will use each one of us – individually and together – to do the work he has given us to do. I am always excited by what God does and will do through us. Even though we’re more scattered in the summer, we are serving together to do God’s will.
God is on the move – in you and through you. Enjoy the ride!
Blessings on your June!