Trinity Lutheran Church|
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
Pastor's Word for April 2017
As I write this "letter" to all of you I am constantly reminded of the resurrection of Jesus. We've had some reminders of this in the past couple of months.
Newness of life. Things new. A new Jerusalem. "I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God ..." Revelation 21:1-2a
The work on the creek in the back of the church is progressing nicely. Toxins are being removed from the creek bed as well as from the land around the creek -- a good part of our back "yard" included. The process should only take another few months -- hopefully. And at the conclusion of the work, we should have a “new” backyard and maybe even some young trees. There will be a feel of new life as grass seeds grow and saplings take root and grow. To be clear, the entire creek and land around it have not been replaced -- that would be impossible, but they have been "redeemed" of sorts.
As people, we, too, need our "toxins" to be dug up and replaced by new "soil" from time to time. In this line of thinking I am reminded of Martin Luther who described baptism as a daily renewal in Christ -- that we are constantly getting rid of the old Adam and being made new. Mind you, our physical bodies are not replaced on a day by day basis, but we are constantly renewed emotionally and spiritually by the blood of Christ who makes life "right" or "whole" again.
As part of our renewal in Christ we pray. In our prayers we ask that God listen to us, talk to us, and guide us as we go through our days here on earth. We ask that God will make us instruments of the love and peace that Jesus gives us and we ask that God be present for the people we love. This is all part of the promise of the resurrection of Christ.
Peace and blessings to all of you during this Easter season!