Greetings St. John’s Lutheran Church!
Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. –2 Corinthians 13:11-13
It is hard to believe that, in a few short weeks, you, the people of St. John’s, and your ministry to our neighbors in the Richlandtown area will continue without me! In the past four years, we have witnessed together joys and griefs, achievements and challenges. We have started new ventures and celebrated old traditions. It has been a joy and privilege to begin my journey as a new pastor in your midst – to worship God, to grow in faith, and to serve our neighbors by your side.
Peace and Love
In these three final verses, Paul bids the church in Corinth farewell. Much of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians contains urgent appeals to return to the principles that Paul taught them while he still lived among them; however, here, Paul’s final words are ones of peace, grace, and love. Live in peace with one another, show your love to one another, and embrace the grace of God. We live in tense times where peace, grace, and love can be hard to find, but it is my abiding prayer as I prepare to leave that these three blessings from God will pursue you even in the midst of challenges and trials.
Since we will not be able to gather in person during this time to celebrate our journey together, you are invited to say your farewells at a drive-by goodbye on Saturday, August 15th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Activity Center.
May God be with You All
Thank you again for the honor of being your pastor. May God continue to walk with you and may the blessing of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit be upon you always!
In Christ, Pastor Kat