From the Pastor’s Desk
Did you attend the historical service we had on Memorial Weekend? That service straight out of the old 1913 hymnal. Some of the language was very old fashioned. Some of it made me cringe. It was fun for me to wear my grandfather’s old ruffled priest collar that he wore as a pastor in Norway.
It is good to remember our roots and where we came from. But just like everything else, church and worship changes with the times. Styles change. Music changes. Theology changes too- at least the way we understand God acting on our behalf in Jesus Christ. And some of that is very good. Let me give you an example. My grandfather’s priest collar (prestekrage) he inherited from his great grandfather, my 3x great grandfather, who was a pastor in Western Norway. It’s about 200 years old. I learned that my 5x and 7x great grandfathers in that family line were also pastors. The call to ministry seems to skip a generation. I also learned that my 7x great grandfather was the priest involved in the witch trials in southeastern Norway in the late 1600s. Uff da! As I read about those trials, I am amazed at how our views about God have changed since then. It is a good thing!
In June we celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit to the church. The Spirit is Jesus’ presence teaching and guiding us into all truth. The Spirit helps us to overcome our blind spots. The Spirit helps correct us when we are wrong. It is a good thing! Let’s gather for worship this summer and listen to the Spirit.
June Worship Highlights
June 2 – Seventh Sunday of Easter John 17:20-26
Jesus prays that the life of his followers will be character-
ized by unity. In the Spirit, we can find a unity with each
other, even when we disagree. We welcome the 7th / 8th
grade choir from Fillmore Central and their director, Mrs.
Sarah Holten, who will sing at our worship this morning.
June 9 – Pentecost Sunday John 14:8-17
– Jesus promises the coming of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom God will send to comfort and guide them. The Spirit enlivens the church like the air rushing through an air dancer. Today we celebrate the birthday of the church. Join us after worship for birthday cake.
June 16 – Lectionary 11 Luke 7:36-8:3
A woman anoints Jesus feet with perfume out of gratitude for what he has done for her. Those forgiven much, love much. Those forgiven little, love little. Rev. Dennis Timmerman will be our guest pastor this morning.
June 23 – Lectionary 12 Luke 8:26-39
Jesus’ mission includes foreigners, and his authority extends to the casting out of demons. A man who was healed is sent to give witness to God’s mercy and power.
June 30 – Ecumenical Worship in the Park
We meet at Selvig Park at 9:00 for a special community worship service before the 4th of July celebration. Bring your own lawn chairs. Invite your neighbors to join. Golden Happenings will be serving food after the service. In case of rain, we will meet at Harmony Methodist Church.