Bible Verse of the Day

James 1:2-3
“[Trials and Temptations] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

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AYP June 2014

Now, probably for you—the new year unfolds somewhere between the end of December and the beginning of January. You mark that time thinking back on all that was—and what you hope the new year will be. And somewhere in between your sense of what went right and what went wrong..all you celebrate and all you regret—you make resolutions. For me—thoughts about the year that has been and the year that is to come begin at the end of June, as our church program year closes and rests and then begins again with the arrival of September. I look back and think—what an incredible year this has been for us here at St. John’s Lutheran Church! We had a breakfast at Easter, the Ham Dinner, a Flea Market, Easter Egg Hunt, and we have plans for two church picnics. We took the offering for the roof. I have plans to put together a new photo directory, and am making plans for a confirmation program. We’ve worshiped together—and lived out the Word in community. The year had its difficulties too. Things did not work out the way we had hoped they would with the roof, and the electrical systems in the church need upgrading. Our computer needed to be replaced. Our long range planning has not moved along as quickly as we would have liked. And as I look back, one of my biggest regrets is that I have not been more active than I desperately wanted to be in the area of visitation. And for this, I carry the most regret. As I look to September, I anticipate great things! But first—we need to rest. May this summer be a time of rest and reflection, a time of hope and regeneration. And may we all gather again in September and be the community that God wants us to be.

Peace, Pastor Paul D. Hansen

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 19:13