2018 June Pastor’s Pen

From the Pastor… 

“Love, love, love—that’s what it’s all about!  Because God loves us we love each other, Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Everybody sing and shout, because that’s what it’s all about.”

That song came back to me as I heard our children sing at our closing Sunday School program.  From time to time I hear comments from adults about how they love to see and hear children singing in church.  Perhaps part of the reason is that children seem to have an air of innocence and honesty about them, and they speak and sing in simple words, but with a sense of truth.

Children are right.  Love is what it’s all about.  Jesus summarized his message with the word love, and we find it throughout the Bible: “For God so loved…,” “Love God…love your neighbor,”  “A new commandment, love one another,”  “The greatest of these is love.”

It’s tragic that so many people experience more loneliness and fear than S in their lives.  Some suffer most in their own families.  About two million elderly people and almost as many children are abused or neglected every year.  In our culture, love and violence are often linked.  Abuse of a loved one is sometimes referred to as a “crime of passion.”  As another old saying puts it, “You always hurt the one you love.”

But God’s intention for us is joy – not secrets, hurt, and anguish.  The gospel of Jesus breaks through indifference and hostility to share God’s transforming love.  The church can become a community in which God’s love is made known to all who are lonely, abused, or needy.  People who know they are loved are enabled to love others.

We have just come through the season of Easter, a time where we heard of the great love of God, who loved us so much that he sent his only son to die for us.

We just celebrated Pentecost, where our sanctuary was filled with red paraments, clothing and geraniums, the color of fire and passion symbolizing the coming of the Holy Spirit.  As you enter the sanctuary in June, the color will be green, the color of growth.  We are reminded that love, like summer, is a time of growth and renewal that takes time and like our gardens and lawns, must be watered and nurtured if it is to grow.

I hope that you will take the time to rest and worship wherever you will be, attend VBS with us at Christ Lutheran Church.  The church does not go on vacation and I will still be doing children’s sermons.   For like the song says, love is still what it’s all about.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Nelson