From the Pastor's Desk...
OUR SAVIOR’S SHARED JOURNEY
I Am God’s Dwelling Place;
The Heart of The Apostle Paul for Today
By the time you read this Sunday Morning Worship at Our Savior’s will have already explored a couple weeks of “I Am God’s Dwelling Place; The Heart of The Apostle Paul for Today.”
In so many ways, today’s world resonates with the same challenges that faced the first followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is present and active but God’s people are easily distracted from Jesus’ instructions about what that Spirit is designed to be accomplishing in and through God’s people. At the very start of the Church, Jesus called out Saul of Tarsus to be a persistent worker and advocate for sharing the knowledge of the presence of God in the hearts of all people, all nations; everyone. Last summer we explored a good portion of the story of Saul—now mostly known by his Greek name, the Apostle Paul.
We will spend time this summer exploring The Apostle Paul’s life and teaching, especially as it connects with the need for God’s people, the followers of Jesus, to live fully as the presence of God in today’s world. The church needs to be re-rooted in the basic understanding of who Jesus can be in any culture and time. The Apostle Paul took the message of Jesus deep into a world that had little understanding of love and grace, deep misunderstandings about God and the divine, coarse misappropriations of so-called religious practice. Our world is plagued by many of the same struggles and too much of Christianity has lost its way to the peace Jesus constantly delivers.
Franciscan writer and teacher Richard Rohr proposed, in a series of devotional writings this spring, several ways that The Apostle Paul’s message can encourage and empower the followers of Jesus—us—to be the presence of Jesus in this world. Those suggestions form the inspiration for this summer’s series that will be explored by Pastor Karen, Soon-to-be Pastor Christina and myself, along with a deep draw on the Biblical record of the Apostle Paul’s writings.
There is powerful encouragement awaiting us each Sunday in this journey with the presence of Jesus, and I am on that journey with you.