When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” – Luke 5:4
Summer is here! This is the part of Minnesota we missed most while living in the “Endless Summer” of Southern California. Warm weather and sunny days are not as sweet when they are every day of the year! We are taking advantage of our boys’ first full summer in Minnesota having made several trips up to Lindsay’s family cabin in Grand Marais. In true Minnesota fashion, our boys are completely “hooked” on fishing. They come by it honestly. Last summer we had four generations in the boat all hoping to hook the biggest fish.
While fishing dominates my days off, it has also dominated my work days as well. I feel as though I have past spent several weeks casting nets. I’m not sure which net will land on the hot spot full of fish but I suspect it will be more than one or two. As I continue meeting folks in our community it is clear there is a hunger and desire for a vibrant and active community of faith in the Hillside. We have countless folks rooting and praying for this congregation. They have been pointing out the spots they know the fish are waiting for a net. Our problem is not whether we will find fish, it will be having enough hands helping the nets out of the water when they are full of fish. There are countless communities of faith who would love to be in our location with our facility. I’m not worried about not having enough hands for our full nets. This will be a good problem to have.
Later this month, July 22nd and 23rd our Elders will be having a visioning retreat. We covet your prayers as we gather to discern together how the Holy Spirit is calling us into our community. We will take a hard look at roadblocks that stand in our way, how to break them down, and live fully into the calling Christ has placed on us as a community of faith. After almost a year as a part of this community, I’m excited to look into the future together with our faithful and servant-hearted leadership. Please hold us and our discernment in your prayers as we prepare our hearts and minds.
August 1st will be my families first anniversary with this community. This first year has literally flown by! I’ve had to stop referring to myself as the “new pastor” here at First Presbyterian and instead refer to myself as the “newer-ish pastor”. I never imagined having this much fun. Lindsay and I are filled with joyful hearts for the great privilege and honor to be in this community. Thank you again for welcoming us so well. We look forward to a future filled with many fish fries as we pull in these nets filled to the breaking point! Let go fishing!
In Christ's Service,