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Message from Pastor Gorden

posted Apr 27, 2015, 8:51 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]

ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

In the month of May we experience the transformation of the outdoors. Slowly the relentless hold of winter lets go and the green grass and leaves begin to appear. These events all mark the renewal of life all around us. Of course when you live in Minnesota you are accustomed to the long wait in order to finally enjoy an evening on the deck without coats and heaters to make you comfortable. There is an end to the bleakness and dreariness of winter and early spring. The end of one season is the beginning of another. That is how life is and will be forever.

There will always be endings. Life on this earth ends and for those of us who claim to be Christians we get a new beginning when we experience the warm embrace of the Good Shepherd as we are gathered into our heavenly home. The end to all our stress and suffering on this earth gives way to another beginning which marks an eternal season which will never end. As people of faith it is this new beginning with the Lord we strive for our whole life long on this earth. Then, when the light grows dim and we close our weary eyes we awaken to a new and special existence which no one can really explain. This is because what God has prepared to us in heaven is beyond human explanation or understanding.

The Easter season is filled with the message of new beginnings. We do not have to fear a thing because Jesus lives and that means each day is a “gift” from the creator. When we get the wakeup call each day the first thing that should come from our mouths is the inexpressible joy which comes from a heart filled with gratefulness. Then, we can face each day with the absolute assurance that Jesus our Savior has paved the way for our journey in this life and beyond. When we submit to loving God we receive in return the perfect love which can cast out all fears. Think about it for a moment, this is the neatest gift we sinful, broken people will ever receive. What we do with the gift has eternal implications.

In May thirty-two young adults will make a public profession of their faith. With their parents, sponsors, people of God gathered for this event they will say “Yes, with the help of God,” when asked if they intend to continue their journey in the Christian faith. This is no small step by any means. In a sense they take responsibility for nurturing and growing their faith in the years to come. What a precious event to witness these new beginnings in the lives of God’s children.

As a church family it is still our responsibility to ensure these newly confirmed will continue to have a vibrant support network at work on their behalf. As a congregation we promise to do this when the children are brought to the font for Holy Baptism. As the People of God we promise to nurture them in their new life in Christ.  Confirmation is not an ending it is a renewal of an old promise which marks a new beginning for everyone who chooses to believe. This is an incredible time in the life of our church family.

As we journey through life our commitment to Jesus is a very significant one. We are marked with the cross of Christ and sealed with the Holy Spirit and then embraced by the one who will walk with us in everything we seek to accomplish. We are held by the One who loves us and cares for us even when we don’t deserve it. This is indeed a new beginning for all of us at St. Paul’s. God will never forsake you or leave you. We are God’s forever. I am grateful to have the honor of experiencing these “new beginnings” with each of you.

A friend in Christ,

Pastor Gorden

 

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1John3:1)

 

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