From Pastor Jo


Stepping into God’s future…


Thank goodness spring is just around the corner! For many of us, this winter has been long and dreary, with so many rainy and overcast days competing with the sun’s efforts to shine. But rest assured, brighter and warmer days are coming, and with them the first signs of new life that always arrive with the spring and of course, with Easter.


At the moment, we are immersed in the season of Lent, a time when we dedicate ourselves to spiritual reflection and strengthening our relationships with God. In Lent, the designated scriptures help us to remember God’s good and gracious works on our behalf throughout our collective history, and help us to understand who we really are and who we are meant to be as Christians. This year’s Old Testament readings celebrate our covenantal relationships with God, recounting God’s faithful, forgiving, and hope-filled care for us even when we are less than faithful ourselves. But remembering God’s faithful deeds of the past does not mean that God has only one way of doing God’s work.


As a congregation, St. John’s is preparing to enter a new era in its ministry and mission, a time which I’m sure is somewhat unnerving as we wonder who St. John’s will be in the future – a future which is going to require some amount of change. Doing something new or something different is frequently a cause of great angst for many of us. There is a big difference between the new that is additional, to which we are usually receptive, and the new that is entirely different, which we generally resist. Might it be that what God will do with a future generation at St. John’s might be very different from what God has done in the past? Or, perhaps it isn’t what, but how God will do God’s work through St. John’s in the future and this could be cause for great excitement, creativity, and hope!


This is a time to dream, to find new and fresh ways to be the Church, the body of Christ, to envision a new reality growing out of the old. Though remembering and honoring one’s cherished and sacred past can give us one perspective, it must not prevent us from moving forward into what is ultimately God’s future.


Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Jo


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