Monday, September 13, 2010
Theme? Slogan? Emphasis?
I admit that I am doing some thinking about how we can apply this symbol and unpack its meaning within this congregation over the coming weeks and months and years. A teaching moment cannot necessarily be planned and when it comes up, it is best to grab it and go. I recall someone asking why I accepted this call nearly 18 years ago. I wish I had something more to answer but the truth was and is that I thought there was a window of opportunity, created by the Spirit, and this congregation was going to put behind it the wounds of the past and address the present and future with hope and courage. I saw myself within this window and I believed then, as now, that it was the Spirit's work in bringing us together. So I like very much the idea of a teaching moment, a window of opportunity, and I pray that this is one for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as well as for my parish -- reconnection with our Lutheran identity and confession, reinvigorated toward the cause of mercy and mission, and re-established in our life together around the Word and Table of the Lord.