I suspect that most of you reading this, have never lived through a time like we are currently experiencing. Do I go out or stay in? Am I appropriately cautious or paranoid? Are we ever going to return to anything like, what my memory identifies as normal? I don’t know! People ask why we haven’t opened the church for worship. Folks ask for my thoughts, as a minister, on the current social discord, but are really seeking an affirmation of what they already believe. And my responsibility is to reflect and apply the gospel message to current events as objectively as I can. All of us can only do the best we can do to help each other navigate the stormy seas we are sailing on. But like any good sailor, the key is to remember the destination for which we set sail continuing to work together so as to reach it.
If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community
of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care -
then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other,
be deep-spirited friends.
Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.
Philippians 2: 1-3
So, amidst the loud voices, bickering politics, unfounded opinions, and personal frustrations, I pray we keep in mind what we should all be about. Something we all can rally around and must never allow to be forgotten. Watch the attached video, it convey better than any words I write or sermon I might preach, what I mean.
Rev. Dr. Keith Haemmelmann
Rev. Dr. Keith