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PASTOR’S PONDERINGS – a weekly pondering from Pastor Mackey

Select the Pondering from the list below: Advent 1 Advent 2 Advent 1 Dearest Jesus, It has seemed like a long time since I have written to you. I know life is what we make of it. It is the choices that we make that reflect your goodness and mercy that are the most important in life. It is the Advent season once again. A time of reflection on faith and practice. A time of reflection on being your servants in the world. The congregation you have given me to serve has been such a blessing to me and my family. There are many dedicated servants of you in this place. Lately, I have been thinking much about the words: “membership” and “servant”. What do those two words mean? How do they impact who I am as a follower of you - Jesus? I have thought that maybe we should just throw out the word “membership” in relationship to your church Lord Jesus. Not sure if that is a good thing. Do we still need to use the term as it relates to our work – your work – in the church? Maybe we should meld the two together. Something like – member/ servant or – servant/member. I do know that language and how we use it is important. A colleague of mine and a servant in your church has taught me this. I also know that when I think and act like a servant of you Jesus life is different. I am not as anxious. I am a bit calmer when my schedule gets thrown off. Maybe that’s it Jesus! Keep the word “SERVANT OF CHRIST” in my mind – be mindful of it as I live life and interact with others around me. Thanks for your listening ear Lord Jesus Christ. More next week. Kevin L. servant of Jesus and pastor of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church  SOME QUESTIONS TO PONDER THIS WEEK OF ADVENT 1 1. Where can you show Jesus this week? At work? In your family? Be open to the Holy Spirit’s nudging in this endeavor. 2. Pray for someone who comes into your mind. Lift them up to Jesus. 3. Be mindful of the word “servant” in your life this week. What’s it look like to be a servant daily walking with Jesus? Advent 2 Dearest Lord Jesus, The days are counting down to Christmas. Of course, the preparation for us as your followers is something a bit different. Our preparation is both the outward stuff of trees and lights and presents and parties as well as an inward and reflective one. Truth be told I like the inward one the most. Sometimes people drain me. But sometimes people give me strength and energy. Go figure! According to Myers Briggs (a personality inventory) I am right in the middle of the scale of introvert and extravert. Again – go figure!  This is kind of played out as I recently found out that two people of seeming opposing lifestyles share a birthday with me (February 4) – Alice Cooper and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I guess that makes me a bit confusing sometimes to people. We must be totally confusing to you Lord. The good news is that you love us and gift us with Grace daily despite our confusing personalities. I have been pondering Grace lately. It is one of those words we say a lot in the church. A churchy word. What does Grace look like? How do we live Grace – full lives? How does Grace impact my life and all the confusing stuff which doesn’t seem to make sense in the world? What does “doing Grace” in church look like, especially when hard decisions have to be made? How does Grace impact me as a parent/ grandparent/ friend when I have been hurt and wounded? All good questions, I guess. Not sure if I can answer them. But I guess that is what these ponderings are about asking questions. Maybe, just maybe Grace is a lived-out action. It is keeping it in our thoughts. Advent is a time to keep Grace in our thoughts. It is a time to express Grace daily. As your daily “outward” preparations move forward may your Grace – full moments do the same. As always Lord keep me and those I serve in your name in this Grace. Kevin <>< baptized child of God – pastor of St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church PONDERING QUESTIONS: SEE PARAGRAPH THREE!
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PASTOR’S PONDERINGS – a weekly pondering from Pastor Mackey

Select the Pondering from the list below: Advent 1 Advent 2 Advent 1 Dearest Jesus, It has seemed like a long time since I have written to you. I know life is what we make of it. It is the choices that we make that reflect your goodness and mercy that are the most important in life. It is the Advent season once again. A time of reflection on faith and practice. A time of reflection on being your servants in the world. The congregation you have given me to serve has been such a blessing to me and my family. There are many dedicated servants of you in this place. Lately, I have been thinking much about the words: “membership” and “servant”. What do those two words mean? How do they impact who I am as a follower of you - Jesus? I have thought that maybe we should just throw out the word “membership” in relationship to your church Lord Jesus. Not sure if that is a good thing. Do we still need to use the term as it relates to our work – your work – in the church?  Maybe we should meld the two together. Something like – member/ servant or – servant/member. I do know that language and how we use it is important. A colleague of mine and a servant in your church has taught me this. I also know that when I think and act like a servant of you Jesus life is different. I am not as anxious. I am a bit calmer when my schedule gets thrown off. Maybe that’s it Jesus! Keep the word “SERVANT OF CHRIST” in my mind – be mindful of it as I live life and interact with others around me. Thanks for your listening ear Lord Jesus Christ. More next week. Kevin L. servant of Jesus and pastor of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church  SOME QUESTIONS TO PONDER THIS WEEK OF ADVENT 1 1. Where can you show Jesus this week? At work? In your family? Be open to the Holy Spirit’s nudging in this endeavor. 2. Pray for someone who comes into your mind. Lift them up to Jesus. 3. Be mindful of the word “servant” in your life this week. What’s it look like to be a servant daily walking with Jesus? Advent 2  Dearest Lord Jesus, The days are counting down to Christmas. Of course, the preparation for us as your followers is something a bit different. Our preparation is both the outward stuff of trees and lights and presents and parties as well as an inward and reflective one. Truth be told I like the inward one the most. Sometimes people drain me. But sometimes people give me strength and energy. Go figure! According to Myers Briggs (a personality inventory) I am right in the middle of the scale of introvert and extravert. Again – go figure!  This is kind of played out as I recently found out that two people of seeming opposing lifestyles share a birthday with me (February 4) – Alice Cooper and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I guess that makes me a bit confusing sometimes to people. We must be totally confusing to you Lord. The good news is that you love us and gift us with Grace daily despite our confusing personalities. I have been pondering Grace lately. It is one of those words we say a lot in the church. A churchy word. What does Grace look like? How do we live Grace – full lives? How does Grace impact my life and all the confusing stuff which doesn’t seem to make sense in the world? What does “doing Grace” in church look like, especially when hard decisions have to be made? How does Grace impact me as a parent/ grandparent/ friend when I have been hurt and wounded? All good questions, I guess. Not sure if I can answer them. But I guess that is what these ponderings are about asking questions. Maybe, just maybe Grace is a lived-out action. It is keeping it in our thoughts. Advent is a time to keep Grace in our thoughts. It is a time to express Grace daily. As your daily “outward” preparations move forward may your Grace – full moments do the same. As always Lord keep me and those I serve in your name in this Grace. Kevin baptized child of God – pastor of St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church PONDERING QUESTIONS: SEE PARAGRAPH THREE!