Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Re-formation. Con-formation. A-formation

This Sunday at Zion was Reformation Sunday, when we recall Martin Luther's attempt to re-form the Catholic church from the inside out, and ended up forming his own group of followers from the outside. My question of the day is whether the Lutheran Church is still a re-forming church or have we become petrified in some ways. What would Luther say about the church today? Where can Grace, Faith, Christ and the Word lead us in an ever-changing world?

This Sunday we also celebrated the Affirmation of Baptism of 7 young adults. We call the process leading to this day CONFIRMATION.
CONFIRM:1 : to give approval to 2 : to make firm or firmer
4 : to give new assurance of the validity of : remove doubt about by authoritative act or indisputable fact.

It is our prayer that these young people have spent some time making their faith stronger, and giving new assurance of the validity of thier salvation. It is also our prayer that this is not a graduation from the church education process and worship, and that we will see them in the next 10 years!

What will confirm your faith today? Is it the ability of people to change in the face of adversity? Is it God's ability to remain steadfast in the face of our inability to trust? Or is it the smile on the face of the Goblin with a Unicef box when you donate a whole $5.00 bill?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

See Miriam Dancing!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Three Beautiful Things

I was just cruising through the "dashboard" from my blog when I ran across a wonderful blog called Three Beautiful Things. A british page listing three beautiful things a day. It's a good way to start your day, finding three beautiful things in your world.

Here's todays:
1. Sunrise over Zion: a pic sent by a member that I hope forshadows the future of this place. I pray that Pastor Mike and I can see the beginning of a new day in Chisago City, not the end of an era.

2. Dry pants; Jonah's been dry all day for a week now! Only one child in diapers will be a beautiful thing!

3. Apples! It's fall and the HoneyCrisps are delicious

What three beautiful things can you find today?