Last weekend I was ordained into the public ministry and installed as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church. Was I nervous? Yes I was. Was I excited? Yes I was. Am I happy? Yes I am. I am starting my first week as a pastor. It is what I have been looking forward to for 8 years. Now Monday comes. The pot luck prepared by the congregation is over. The church which was bustling with people is once again quiet as every one else returns to their work week.
What to do now? Where do I begin. One might say that the answer was obvious. “You are up to preach on Sunday morning so you had better get started on that sermon.” There is so much that has to be done like meeting people and preparing Bible classes, and getting ready for Sunday School. That is all important and needs to get done, but as I sat in my office preparing for the week figuring out exactly where to begin I realized there is only one place to begin. Prayer! (more…)