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Letter from Pastor Sylvia

posted Feb 26, 2011, 7:21 AM by St Pauls Lutheran Church   [ updated Feb 26, 2011, 7:23 AM ]
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! As we approach the time when I shall join your community of faith as Interim Pastor, I am keeping the people of St. Pauls in my thoughts and prayers. These past few weeks have been busy for my husband Lynn and me, but also relaxing, because we have done different things than we normally do. We took a driving trip to Mesa, Arizona to see our grandson Isaak, now five months old, and visited friends, got our taxes put together, and enjoyed ourselves. We took time to go through Arches National Park, which is a beautiful spot in God's creation. We also drove to Acoma Pueblo in northeastern New Mexico, but were only able to see this very ancient city from a roadside viewpoint. Still, it helped us contemplate God's creative presence in this world, through nature of course, but also through humanity, over thousands of years. 

Now, as we approach the time of Lent, this season of the year is one in which each of us is called to take time to nurture our faith in ways that are as unique as we are. In our tradition, we walk this Lenten journey, just as suredly as Jesus walked it, knowing he was appointed by God to stand up to evil, proclaim God's power and purpose for good, and model faithfulness and truth, even unto death. And we are nurtured on our journeys when we recognize that he also questioned, doubted, pondered, reached out to others, and did all the things he did as fully human even as fully divine. For me, and I hope for you, going through this time helps me deepen my understanding of Jesus as our Savior, and his calling to each of us to truly be his disciples. I look forward to joining with you on this journey, as we begin the journey of an interim time together. God calls us to take only a step at a time, assuring us the power of the Holy Spirit along the way. 

Peace, Pastor Sylvia Karlsson