Dear friends and members of Resurrection Lutheran,
As we continue living these seven weeks of the Easter season, the transformative power of the resurrection appears more and more brightly. Life wins!!! Death—and all its destructive power—has been conquered!
There are signs of this promise becoming embodied among us. The horrendous death rates from the coronavirus have gone way down. Many have been able to get vaccinated against this virus. Families and friends are being able to see one another in person and even hug each other!
And we at Resurrection are going to resume in person worship this month! Alleluia!
We are still asking that you observe proper precautions at these gatherings: wash your hands, wear a mask and keep appropriate physical space between you and others. But feel the joy of being together, of having made it through this past year, of bringing all that we are into the healing presence of God.
In the next couple of months, as we live into this new reality, I invite you to be reflective about what you have learned and what you have lost. There will be opportunities to share these reflections in small groups. I hope you will all join in. I believe it will be essential to take the time to acknowledge and grieve our losses before we can truly move forward with joy and purpose.
This congregation is about being real: no need to put on your “church clothes” when you come here. This honesty will aid us on our road to recovery. We don't have to become “busy” right away, but we do need to sit beside one another and pray and cry and laugh. And together ask the question, what next? What is God calling us to next? How have we been changed and prepared for the future?
I imagine those early disciples had to do some of this work. They were filled with joy when they experienced Jesus' resurrection, but their lives were radically changed when Jesus left the earth, leaving them the Holy Spirit and the continuing mission of making God's love known even in the face of powerful hatred.
Now that mission has been passed on to us. Pentecost Sunday—this year on May 23—is the day the church remembers how Jesus gave the Holy Spirit and the Christian church was born. We will celebrate that birthday together with a party after worship on May 23. During worship, we will celebrate Joanna Wick's confirmation, receive new members and reaffirm our baptism. There will also be an opportunity that morning to sign up for one of the small reflection groups.
Pray for one another. Pray that the Holy Spirit lead us into a future that is faithful and filled with great love.
I am so excited and so grateful for the opportunity to be the body of Christ together—in person as well as in spirit!!
If you have any questions or concerns you would like to share with me, please feel free to call or email me: 262-930-2726, email@example.com.
In peace and joy,
Dear friends and members of Resurrection Lutheran,
The forty-day journey of Lent is nearly over. When last I wrote to you, my challenge was to let die what needed to die in your life and let be born what needed to be born.
So where are you? What is changing? Where are we? What is being re-formed?
For many of us, the Covid-19 vaccine has begun to return our lives to “normal”. We are able to be near those we love without fear of making one another ill. When your turn comes to receive the vaccine, I encourage you to do it for the good of all of us.
This Lent, five of our members have shared their stories on Sunday mornings regarding their journeys with particular mental disorders. They have encouraged all of us by their words and brave example to bring into the light the things we hide in the darkness. There need be no shame in mental illness. In this community of faith, we are called to support and love one another. No judgment on another's journey.
The church is preparing to celebrate Easter: the unexpected gift of resurrection following death. This year as I prepare to share the story of Easter, I am aware of the 540,000 people in this country who have died due to the pandemic. The collective grief is heavy. I don't want to speak glibly in the face of this loss.
As I write this, seven mass shootings have happened in this country in the past seven days. 10 dead in Boulder, 6 dead in Atlanta. Scores of others wounded in many ways across this country. Hatred of “the other” on full display.
In our words and actions, we continue to be death-dealing rather than life-giving to one another. It would seem there is more in us that needs to die in order that more in us can be born.
If our celebration of Easter is to be anything more than simply another liturgical observance, we need to live as if Christ died for each person we meet. Each person must matter. African American lives must matter. Asian American lives must matter. LGBTQ lives must matter. Mexican lives must matter. Muslim lives must matter. White-Supremacist lives must matter.
If any are left out, our vision of resurrection is too small.
It hurts me to imagine such a world: it is so vastly different from the one in which we live.
Yet as a person who trusts that God's vision for the world is the vision that matters, that God speaks a word of life and it conquers death, I must step out over and over again in faith and make decisions based on that vision.
My fear of speaking up for those being put down needs to die so that courage can be born. My weariness at how large and how many the problems are needs to die so that a step forward can be born. I (we?) need to let resurrection become the reality that guides my life, not death. Then fear vanishes and hope is born.
Those are my musings as I near the end of this 2021 Lenten journey. I hope for Easter. I hope.
From the grave I say with my ancestors in the faith, “He is not here, for he is risen!”
Dear friends and members of Resurrection,
As hard as it is to imagine, we have lived through an entire church year, physically distanced. When we closed the doors of our building last year, it was Lent. On February 17, we begin Lent 2021 with the observance of Ash Wednesday.
This 40-day season reminds us of other significant times recounted in the Bible: Jesus fasting in the wilderness for 40 days before he began his ministry, Moses on Mt. Sinai for 40 days before the Lord “spoke” the 10 commandments, the people of Israel wandering in the desert for 40 years before they entered the Promised Land.
These periods of preparation pushed those living them to their limits. They needed God to come through for them; they were not sure they could endure much more. That is what the number 40 signifies in the Bible.
Lent—the season in the church year when we prepare to face the awful beauty of the cross and resurrection—is meant to push us to our limits, to cause us to realize anew the truth that without God we cannot endure.
This year that truth is not hard to grasp. We have struggled as individuals and as a community to endure. The Ash Wednesday words, “remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” have become chillingly obvious.
Yet ashes are not only a reminder of our mortality, but are also a symbol of new beginnings. In the springtime, farmers often burn their fields to prepare the soil for a rich new harvest.
So too, I want us to think about the possibility of new beginnings coming from the ashes of this past year. Can we imagine an abundant harvest coming from the seeds that have been planted? Are there old ways of living that have “burned” to make way for God's newness?
This year, the Ash Wednesday worship service will be recorded and available for you to watch anytime on February 17. In the midst of that liturgy, you will be invited to mark your forehead with a cross while hearing those words, “remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
I also want you to hear the words, “child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.” For those are the words that were spoken at your baptism when your forehead was marked with a cross of oil.
Both of these truths about the one cross, matter. We are mortal and we are eternal. We die and we live forever. This holy mystery is glimpsed in the death and resurrection of Jesus, where we see the culmination of both hate and of love.
Do not be afraid to enter Lent. You will not walk it alone, though the journey is often lonely. Let it be a time when what needs to die, dies, and what needs to begin anew, begins.
Ash Wednesday 2021. Where will we be 40 days later?
Dear friends and members of Resurrection,
What a year it has been. As we prepare to welcome in 2021, we are saying good-bye to the most unusual year any of us have lived through. Who could have imagined what would occur when we stood on the brink of 2020 one year ago?
One of the messages I have heard from many of you throughout this year is to appreciate the people in your lives and the opportunities before you while you have them, because there are no guarantees. It is sound advice. As many of us have learned, life is a precarious, precious gift.
My prayers are with those of you whose loved ones have died this past year, whether from Covid-19 or any other causes. My prayers are also with those of you whose lives have altered drastically during this year due to health issues, unemployment or isolation. 2020 was a hard year.
Yet, in the midst of the difficulties, there has been true beauty. The generosity of each one of you and of this congregation has been amazing. I, like many of you, wondered how our congregation could survive financially and how we could continue to do ministry together. The weeks apart dragged on into months—what would that mean for the mission of RLC?
We continued to reach out to one another and to the larger community through worship, nurture and outreach. We continued to live out our mission. The countless acts of kindness that you have done for others during these months has been inspiring. I have found great joy in sharing some of those during the weekly “offering” at worship.
Where we have become aware of a need, we have pulled together to address that need, whether it was chrome books for our partners at Journeys School, meals for the beloved Marlins, masks for care facilities, meals for those served by Divine Intervention, baking supplies for the New Berlin Food Pantry—the list is endless—we pulled together and made a difference.
And financially, we have continued to support RLC and our Outreach partners. We are finishing 2020 in a strong financial position and with abundant gifts gathered on “Harvest Sunday” to give away to our neighbors around the community, city and world. Tidings of wonder and joy!
My hope as we move into 2021 is that we do not grow weary of the challenges before us, but hear the call of God to continue to love one another as we are able. I am confident that when we stand on the brink of 2022 in one year, we will do so arm in arm—able to physically be together again, grateful to God's Holy Spirit for bringing us through these days of physical separation.
Until then, do what you are able to express your love and gratitude to one another. Make phone calls, send notes, pray for each other. Join together in worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00a.m. through our live streaming service. Look for the presence of God in your life each day.
As many of you know, my last name, ubuntu, means “I am because we are.” I have never been so certain of the truth of this statement. Or so grateful that you are part of my “we”.
Dear friends and family of Resurrection,
A new church year is about to begin. Unlike the calendar year, the church year begins four weeks before Christmas with Advent: a season whose designated color is blue-- the color of hope.
I don't know about you, but I am ready for some hope!! This time of year is filled with so many precious traditions and memories, most of them involving celebrations with family and friends.
While many of these traditions will be modified this year, they can still be meaningful and help remind us of the source of our hope: Jesus-- God's love born among us!
Here at RLC, our theme to unite our prayers and worship this year is: Journey into the Light. Most of you have or will be receiving an Advent devotional by that name. Each day, there is a devotion to help you journey with hope toward the light of Christ. If you have not received one and wish to, please email the church office.
You have also received, via email, a guide for making an Advent wreath. Our hope is that you will daily light the candle(s) on your wreath and read the devotion. If you are able to access our web page, I will be leading that devotion online each day to help us feel connected to one another in Christ's light.
In addition, Wednesday evening prayer will be available. We have recorded the Holden Evening Prayer Service using as many candles as possible! As you watch the recording and sing along from home, I hope you are filled with the longing and hope of the season. Christ was born for us and for the whole beloved world. He is with us even now when it seems so dark. And he will come again when the time is right and all will be transformed and gathered together in light and life.
On Thursday, December 17, at 6:30 p.m. we will be live-streaming The Longest Night Christmas service. This is a Christmas service that is designed to enable us to worship Christ while simultaneously mourning our losses. We know that many of you have lost loved ones this past year and been unable to recognize that loss in a traditional way. We hope this worship service will allow you to do that as you watch from home, lighting a candle and saying your loved one's name out loud.
We will also record a Christmas Day service that includes many of our favorite joy-filled Christmas carols. This will be available, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Christmas morning.
On Christmas Eve, many of us will miss our traditional gathering at church with a service of lessons and carols. However, there will be an opportunity to gather briefly outside on Christmas Eve. We are inviting you to come, dressed warmly, and gather around a huge bonfire that will be lit in our field. There we will hear the Christmas story and then sing Silent Night by the light of that fire.
This will not be a long service, but it will be memorable. It may be one of the things that our children will tell their children about in years to come! The light of Christ will blaze brightly!
Finally, on January 6—the day of Epiphany, following the twelve days of Christmas, we will follow another ancient tradition and gather together once more outside around a great fire. Those of you who put up real Christmas trees are invited to bring them to be used as part of that blaze. When the fire is out, some of the ashes will be gathered and used on our foreheads when Ash Wednesday arrives.
Many things change; the church year reminds us that Christ does not. The seasons cycle around and find us in different places, but the living word of God heard in the life of Jesus speaks to us anew and brings us messages of hope and glimpses of light even in the midst of our current realities.
Praying with and for you in hope and light and love,
Dear friends and members of RLC,
These are strange days we are living through. My Dad, who is 92, says he has never lived through such a time as this: one so fraught with loneliness, anxiety and greed. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, despondent.
Yet as people of faith, we trust that God walks with us—even through such days. And we trust that God can bring something beautiful even out of this darkness.
“We have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord, trusting in his holy word, he's never failed us yet.” This has been our theme for the past several weeks at Resurrection. It has been a good reminder to me to remember where we have been and so, to hope for where we are going.
It is lonely living physically distanced from one another. I miss being able to gather safely in large groups. I miss worshipping with all of you in person. Yet, I know that we are doing what is necessary at this time to protect one another. I know that by God's Holy Spirit we are connected. I know that this will not last forever.
And I am aware of how blessed we are to live in a time of advanced technology. It matters that we are able to talk with one another on the telephone, to e-mail each other, connect on social media. It matters that we are able to record our worship services and play them each week. And we have been blessed by an anonymous gift to our congregation to update our recording capabilities. Even as I write, new equipment is being installed. It is true that we sometimes feel lonely; but the truth is that we are never alone.
As for anxiety, it is like it floats in the air we breathe. There is so much unknown. When will this pandemic end? Will my loved ones survive it? Will I? Will I find another job? Will my kids and grandkids get a good education? Will we citizens of the United States ever feel united?
As such questions swirl in my brain, I force myself to do a simple exercise. I breathe and repeat the following: “Breathe in the Holy Spirit, breathe out fear and doubt.” I visualize my fears and doubts floating away. I remember that I have all I need at that moment, that I am a beloved child of God, filled with God's Spirit.
And as for greed, it is easy to feel as if people only want to take care of themselves. Our unwillingness to inconvenience ourselves for the well-being of one another by wearing a mask, staying physically distanced, avoiding large gatherings, can be discouraging.
Yet remembering the generosity of the members of RLC through this very difficult year can act as a remedy. I have been inspired these past few weeks as I have reflected with you in worship about RLC's support of Divine Intervention Ministries, Journey's Lutheran School, Outreach for Hope, Kikwe and Kaarangai parishes in Tanzania, the New Berlin Food Pantry. We, as a congregation, have not let fear rule us, but rather have lived from faith.
I pray that we will make our pledges toward next year's ministry from the place of faith. Faith that knows 2020 will not last forever. That God who creates us has a future and a hope for us.
Sometimes it feels like loneliness, anxiety and greed define us. They do not. Faith, hope and love do. For they are of God-- and so are we.
Peace, my friends,
Dear Friends and Members of Resurrection,
The diagnosis of President Trump and First Lady Melania with COVID-19 was a grim reminder that this coronavirus draws no distinction between rich and poor or powerful and weak. The First Lady had mild symptoms. President Trump had to be hospitalized. He has had the benefit of the best healthcare possible. Not all those afflicted with COVID-19 have been so blessed. In fact, a disproportionate share of the poor and people of color have suffered the consequences of the coronavirus. We pray for full recovery of President Trump, Melania, and all afflicted with COVID-19. Our hearts go out especially to those who have lost loved ones to this deadly virus.
The affliction of the President and so many in his administration with COVID-19 has been a reminder in a negative way of what can happen when we do not follow what Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), refers to as the three “W’s”: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. A couple of days ago on CNN Christopher Murray of the University of Washington said that their COVID-19 model is forecasting another 200,000 deaths by the end of the year. When asked what could be done to lower that number, the first thing he said was “Wear a mask.” Right now just under 50% of the populace is following the guidance on when to wear masks. If 95% of Americans would follow the guidelines on mask-wearing, 86,000 lives would be saved in the next three months. Wearing a mask seems like such a small sacrifice to save so many lives.
Some were hoping that the President’s bout with the coronavirus would serve as a wake-up call for him. So far that does not seem to be the case. We may wish that he would take the lead in calling for a comprehensive, effective strategy to address the pandemic we are mired in. We may wish that he would at least consistently wear a mask. But we have to deal with the actual President before us. No matter what happens in the Presidential election, he will be the President for these next three months when 200,000 more people are predicted to die of COVID-19 in our nation. We may grow weary in doing what we need to do when so many around us are not. But the irresponsibility of those around us does not excuse us from doing the right thing. At the very least we can wear a mask, wash our hands, and watch our distance. Lives are depending on it.
Until we work together, listen to the advice of the scientists and take this pandemic seriously, we will be unable to return to anything like “life as normal”. The Wisconsin Council of Churches and the Greater Milwaukee Synod recommend that virtual worship in congregations continue as the norm at least until the middle of November. We miss one another. We miss gathering in person for worship. However, we are called by Jesus to do what is best for the most vulnerable among us. We are able to praise God and pray together even while being physically distanced. Please do what you are able to contain this virus. This is not about political affiliation, but about loving your neighbor as you love yourself.
Dear friends and members of RLC,
“We've come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord;
trusting in his holy word, he's never failed us yet.
Oh, can't turn around, we've come this far by faith.”
These words from the hymn, We've Come This Far by Faith, are a reminder to us to keep moving forward, trusting the One who has walked with us every day leading up to this moment.
We never expected the changes that the past year has brought. We members of Resurrection who gathered for Lenten evening prayer on March 11, had no idea that it would be many months before we were able to gather again for in-person worship. Children who began virtual school did not know that it would last through the academic year and play a vital role for many in this present academic year. Jobs that were suspended have ended for many. Visits with friends and relatives have been put on hold.
And yet, here we are; we have come this far by faith. God has not failed us; in fact, many of us have seen signs of God's presence even in the midst of difficult days. And together, we have been able to bear witness to God's never-failing generosity and love.
In past years, we have gathered as a community in October for Harvest Sunday. On that day, we placed gifts intended for our outreach and partner ministries into a wheelbarrow as an act of worship and a celebration of our abundant “harvest” of abundance. Afterward, we gathered for Harvest Faire: a celebration of being together in ministry, with food and games for all!
We will miss being together this October, but the ministries that the funds generously donated that day support continue. And so, this year, we are asking you to again give generously as you are able to the outreach and partner ministries of RLC.
In our neighborhood, we support Hales Corners-based Journeys Lutheran School (formerly Lutheran Special School), a ministry that provides a caring, quality education to children from across the city who have learning challenges. We also support the New Berlin food pantry: a place that provides food to those within New Berlin and Waukesha county who are in need.
City-wide, we support Divine Intervention Ministries, located in the Bay View neighborhood. In the past, this ministry provided overnight shelter and a hot meal to those who were homeless. Because of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic preventing the overnight shelter from operating, this ministry is finding new ways of caring for those without homes. Hot meals are being handed out every Saturday afternoon in a program called “Hungry Hearts.” These meals are purchased each week from three small local restaurants, and so hungry people are fed and local businesses are supported. Watch next week for an eblast outlining specific needs of Divine Intervention for the homeless being served this winter, along with the date and time you can safely drop your donations at RLC..
Another city-wide ministry we support through our support of the Greater Milwaukee Synod (GMS) is Outreach for Hope, a ministry of the GMS that supports seventeen urban ministries within the boundaries of our Synod. One of these ministries is Reformation, a long-time partner of RLC, with whom we have participated in the “R&R Team” raising funds in the annual Outreach for Hope Bike Ride through a joint team in the past. Other supported urban ministries are throughout the city of Milwaukee,Racine and Kenosha.
World-wide, we continue in partnership with Kikwe and Kaarangai parishes in the Meru Diocese of Tanzania. We offer prayers for one another each month, buy coffee to support fair wages for coffee farmers, provide funds that the pastors can use to care for the needs of their parishioners, including the children’s school fees. We hope for the day when we can again visit one another, person-to-person.
We are asking that you prayerfully consider making a donation to these partner ministries of RLCYou will receive a mailing in early November asking for financial donations for outreach work. Our hope is that we will be able to gather on November 15 to worship and make these donations in person, utilizing technology enhancements in the works that would allow us spread out throughout the building. For those of you who do not feel comfortable returning to in-person worship,, RLC’s worship service will continue to be available online through our website on Sunday mornings.
When you receive the appeal mailing, you will also receive stewardship forms requesting your 2021 commitments of time, talent and money. While we are aware that there is still much uncertainty about what the upcoming year will bring, we are asking that you make these pledge commitments from a place of faith. We have come this far by faith; God has never failed us yet. Our council is planning ahead and your commitment forms will help us do that responsibly.
We have been tremendously blessed as a faith community by the steadfastness of your ongoing support, allowing us to have an oversized impact in our neighborhood, city and world through our outreach and partners.
This is no time to turn around and try to return to where we have come from. This is a time to look forward and to step out in faith, trusting that God, who calls us to ministry, will provide what we need to do that ministry.
It is my honor to walk with you in faith and in love,
Around the globe, Christians everywhere are coming together to celebrate the Season of Creation. This season begins on September 1 and ends on October 4. Leaders of a diverse group of both Eastern Orthodox and Western Catholic and Protestant churches have issued statements calling for their members to love God as well as God's earth and all its peoples.
The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all of creation through repenting, restoring, and rejoicing together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in prayer and action for our common home.
This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we are awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with each other and the world. The Season of Creation unites the world's 2.2 billion Christians around one shared purpose. With so much injustice all around us, now is the time for Christians everywhere to come together and show the world how to love each other and creation.
This would be a powerful witness to the reality of the living Christ among us. Nothing and no one is meant to be disposable. All that is created is precious to the Creator. This truth—if we believe it—could change the way we speak about and treat nearly everything.
If water, which can be changed to wine, can also become the blood of Christ in our shared gathering, how can we pollute the water and not care?
If bread can be blessed and broken and shared so that there is enough for all, how can we let so many go hungry in this beloved world?
If we are created from the elements of the earth itself, why do we plunder the earth for its resources rather than treat the earth with reverence?
This season is a time for repenting: for recognizing the ways we have sinned against creation by what we have done and by what we have left undone. To repent means to turn in a new direction. It is not enough to confess how we have failed in the past, rather we need to go in a new direction moving forward.
Together, the church needs to make new commitments. Individually, we need to as well. What particular actions might you take to better care for our common home, the earth? What ideas do you have for our congregation?
During this pandemic, as industry has been unexpectedly slowed and people have driven and flown less, levels of pollution have gone down. This is a hopeful sign, in that it shows that the damage we have done to the earth can be, at least partially, reversed.
While we are hopeful that the pandemic will come to an end soon, one of the positive commitments we can make moving forward, is to use the resources we have in a way that restores the creation. Too often we are driven by greed and convenience. Can we learn to share more and be willingly inconvenienced for the good of the earth and all its people?
Finally, we are called to rejoice together during this season of creation. These have been heavy days for many of us. We are weary. And yet: if we lift up our eyes and see the beauty of this created world and breathe deeply and slowly, we may find our hope restored. If we look around at all the people trying-imperfectly-to make this a more just and loving world, we may find reason to rejoice.
Perhaps, during this month-long Season of Creation, we can take time each day to say a prayer of thanks for what we have received that day from the gracious hand of our Creator. And we can look for ways that we might live differently so that this good earth will flourish for generations yet unborn.
Peace be with you,
Dear friends and members of RLC,
How are you?!? Each day I pray for your well-being, for your comfort and strength. I never imagined days such as these! I most definitely did NOT have a class on this at the seminary! Yet here we are—learning new ways of connecting, of worshiping and of serving. Thanks for your patience with me as I have recorded worship services for us to use on our church website. Many thanks to Linda for selecting such inspiring music and to Jess for all of the daily prayer connections.
Beginning on June 7, we will move to a somewhat different worship format. We will record our services in the church sanctuary. Linda will play the piano and I will lead the spoken parts of our liturgy. We will also be sharing Holy Communion, so you are invited, before you view the service, to have bread and wine before you. Also, earlier in the week, a worship supplement will be e-mailed to all of you with the words to the hymns so that you can sing along, as well as any other parts of the service for which you need the words to participate. We hope this more interactive format will allow you to engage even more fully in worship each week and to experience the connection which is ours in Christ. As we lead worship from our space, it is hoped that those dear and familiar symbols of our faith will be comforting and inspiring. I know that we long for the day when we can be safely present with each other in person. Remember, we are closer now than when we began!
Our church council is also considering other ideas for fellowship: stay tuned for updates!
I also want to share a couple of updates on our partners. Lutheran Special School has changed its name to Journey Lutheran School. It has a beautiful new symbol with the cross at the center. It is a visible embodiment of their mission to accompany children and their families on their life journeys, realizing the potential in each child of God. Continue to pray for them.
Also, Divine Intervention Ministries has begun a new food ministry where 300 meals are given out each Saturday afternoon to those who are hungry. The meals are prepared by a local restaurant so they are being sustained as well as the hungry. Continue to pray for them.
Our partners in Tanzania face many challenges due to the coronavirus, the weather, and a corrupt government. The children are still home from school and the number of people becoming infected with covid-19 rises. Pray for these partners.
And please, continue to reach out to care for one another in whatever ways you are able. I heard that our group who have been making face-masks has now made and delivered over 1000 masks! Well-done! I hope to continue to hear your stories of the ways that you are making a difference. They don't need to be “big” things: sometimes a well-timed note or phone call makes all the difference!
My friends, look for the good in each person: be quick to complement and slow to criticize. What we feed will grow stronger. Remember as we move to more regularly sharing the sacrament of Holy Communion together, that what unites us is far greater than anything that divides us.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always,
The Rev. Dr. Mary Ubuntu is the spiritual leader of Resurrection Lutheran Church and has served in that capacity since 2003. More on Pastor Mary can be found HERE.