Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
If you take the time Paul, has a lot of wisdom in his writings, but I would also say he has a lot of challenges for the different Christian communities that he is addressing and still for us today. Paul is holding Christians to a standard of how to live with and love one another in community. He sets the bar high with expectations of living our day to day lives, but also that we are to remain focused on how we are all to do this thing called life together as the body of Christ. Here is an example of what I am talking about from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, “Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.” (1:27 NRSV) It matters how we treat and take care of one another for the sake of the gospel message for others to see and experience.
Our commitment to each other as sisters and brothers in Christ is super important. We together as members of Martin’s have made an agreement that we would support and care for one another. We see this in many ways, like the benefit that we just had for Mike Krabbenhoft, we were able together to raise a little over $3,000 to help with his needs having been battling the affects of COVID for over a year. We see this in our many education leaders who have stepped up to help teach our children the gospel message that is filled with God’s love for all His people regardless of age or any other category we want to put people into. You see we all have been given our unique gifts and talents to support and care for one another in community. An example of this is, where would we be without teachers in our school systems? It is their job to prepare us all for the future filled with hope to use the gifts we unpack during that time, finding out our strengths for the days ahead to serve our communities. Look at farmers, where would we be without them, I do not know about you, but I would probably not survive long without the food they produce for our tables. We are all called to do our part and I believe that is what Paul is talking about when he says, “… whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, …”.
Week after week, month after month, our leaders ask that we make announcements for assistance and needs and many of them are filled when it comes to one-time events, but the needs for continuing parts of our ministry programs do not always get filled. Here is a link to our needs for volunteering for Altar Guild, Sound Booth, and Ushering, Volunteer Needs | Martin's Lutheran Church (martinslutheran.org). We can use your help to support your church family in these areas.
What are your plans for the summer? Hopefully, you will be able to do some of the things that you have not been able to do for a while; to go and visit family or friends, or maybe go to a destination that you have not been to for some time, and you want to go back again. If you are like me, there are many things that you have on your new normal bucket list that you want to do. I believe that part of what Paul is saying also, are you taking good care of yourself, not just physically, but mentally/emotionally and spiritually as well. It is my prayer for all of us that we can all work on this healing together this summer, as I know firsthand for myself that it is indeed something that I need to work on, as I have been struggling. Blessings to you all as we transition into a new season, filled His love to share with one another in any way that we can!!!