Month: July 2011

What to do?

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…)

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“And I ask…”

Not my ordination, but AN ordination.

A lot of people asked me if I was nervous. My honest reply? “No.” On July 10th, 2011, I was ordained as a minister of the Word and installed as Pastor at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. And the day didn’t make me nervous. After all, I didn’t really do much.

“I am.”

“I do.”

“I will.”

That pretty much covered my involvement in the service. The presiding minister asked me if I accepted the canonical books of the New and Old Testaments as God’s Word. He asked me if I believed that the Lutheran Confessions, contained in the Book of Concord, were a faithful restating of God’s Word. None of this bothered me in the least. I have spent a good chunk of my life studying God’s Word and knew that the Lutheran Confessions were faithful to it.

And then he asked me: Will you carry out your duties as pastor? (more…)