July 2021

You are the only Bible some people will ever read.

You are the only Jesus some people will ever meet.

Read those two sentences again. Let that thought sink in for a minute. You and I both know that they are true. Marinate in those two sentences for a while. The mission of Lutheran Church of the Master is “Connecting People to God”. And the Holy Spirit uses us as the connection. This can be disheartening or scary if we pay too much attention to our worthiness as a connector. Instead, we need to pay attention to the power of God that we connect people to. Then our attention is in the right place. Then we can focus on the other and not ourselves.

You and I are part of the plan of spreading the Kingdom of God. You and I are the conductors of the spiritual electricity. Jesus gave his disciples the power to heal and cast out demons and preach and teach. And he told us to love.

This pandemic has changed our world. It has isolated so many and cut many off from important relationships. We have our work cut out for us. Many would rather sit in front of a screen than sit across the table from a neighbor. Having a conversation with a stranger may become a spiritual discipline, like fasting or prayer.

The Fellowship Committee is up and running again. They are planning events, potlucks, chances to reconnect and connect. Our Daily Bread, the Community Garden and groups that meet in Schmidt Hall bring dozens of people onto our campus every single week now. These are all valuable opportunities to connect with people who may or may not know Jesus. And of course, you have those opportunities every day right where you live.

Connecting with others is not something I take for granted any more. A microscopic virus made it dangerous for several months. It has made our mission all the more valuable and precious.

God’s peace to you,

Pr. Bob Albing

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