|While we just about never use King James language anymore in any other area, “thy Kingdom come” is still something that is prayed in worship (and AA meetings) around the world and probably on a daily basis as a part of the Lord’s prayer.
In the small catechism, Martin Luther said the following about the petition, “thy Kingdom come”.
“In fact, God’s kingdom comes on its own without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may also come to us. And it comes about whenever our heavenly Father gives us his Holy Spirit, so that through the Holy Spirit’s grace we believe God’s holy Word and live godly lives here in time and hereafter in eternity.”
As Kent Annan so humbly and clearly shared in worship this past weekend, this kingdom is often slow in coming. (Click Here to Watch) That can be discouraging. But come it does. And the promise of it’s coming is what gives us hope and courage to keep the faith and look to God as the One who brings his kingdom about in our lives and in the world.
On Thursday, May 12 at 6pm, the launching of Kent’s newest book, “Slow Kingdom Coming” will be at the Vero Beach Book Center. What a privilege to have Kent (co-director of Haiti Partners, author, Pastor Shelly’s husband and Simone and Cormac’s Dad) a part of our congregation and a part of God’s slow coming Kingdom unfolding in and around us. Click Here for a great short video about the book!
This kingdom is priceless, and gives the utmost value and meaning to life. May you all have a blessed week and have eyes and hearts that see and recognize that Kingdom unfolding around and within us.
Also, a Memorial Service for Hope Jacobs will be this Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following in Fellowship Hall.
Pastor Jack Diehl + www.oursaviorelca.com
|CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE
The candidate under consideration as Our Savior’s next Lead/Co-Pastor was the guest of the Call Committee this past week. At a dinner meeting which reconvened as a formal interview, we enjoyed a wonderful opportunity to hear his perspective on many topics including, worship (as the heartbeat of a congregation) and his placing the highest emphasis on faithful preaching and the celebration of the sacraments. He described his ideas about stewardship and a financially healthy church in our culture’s changing paradigm of faith-based giving, and how he seeks through congregational relationships to reach out to all including very busy family members. He described own style of leadership and explained why he enjoys sharing ministry in a team setting built on collaboration. We continue to familiarize ourselves with written information (his churches 2016 annual report and his Rostered Leader Profile (RLP)) and through visits to his parish and calls to his references. We will continue to share updates with you and encourage you to share your questions with us.
The Call Committee —
Kelsey Frago, Michael Henize,
Chris Jacobs, Jan Eggert,
Norm Stevenson and Linda Aiken
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