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PASTOR'S POST:  AUGUST 2018

Family Prayer

Trinity Lutheran’s Vacation Bible School happened the week of July 24-28. Amazing how many adults and teens gave their time to be with the children. The theme was, “Galactic Starveyors: Discovering the God of the Universe.” They had robots, 6 foot tall; food galore; space monkeys; shooting stars; comets. They studied hydroponics; plasma ball; planetarium; rockets and so much more. Faith building for adults and children was seen in all the activities.

The point is this; I decided to change the sermon I had written. George Bernard Shaw said, “I would rather see a sermon any day than hear one.” I asked Tami, our Media Minister and Pastor Dayna if we could show a comprehensive video for the sermon. So the sermon was a video of a sermon seen in the folks who volunteered their time and expertise for the children. I introduced the sermon with Shaw’s quote, then said, “Now you will see what may be the best sermon you have ever seen or heard. Please put the sermon on the screen.”

The text was Ephesians 3:14-21, which is Paul’s prayer for God’s people. Paul prayed for their glorious riches in Christ; strength and power; being rooted in Jesus Christ; to grasp how wide and long and high is the love of Christ and to know the love that surpasses knowledge. Paul prayed, as he wrote, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”

Faith abounds at Trinity and it is evident in all who serve God by serving others. People were preparing food; carrying off garbage; mopping floors, cleaning counters, cleaning up messes and all with a joy that comes only from the Holy Spirit of God. Three of our young adults led the worship sessions; one a college student; one beginning her third year of law school and one a devoted teen. Their enthusiasm was infectious.

All of this was the brain child of Pastor Dayna and Alexis Wagner, who wrote the entire script for all the stations and the worship services. To the people of Trinity: May God continue to bless your ministry at Trinity, in the community and the world. Paul wrote the Family Prayer and his prayers were, and are, answered in God’s people.

Blessings to you and yours, Pastor