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Pastor's Message - May 2019

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Fellow Ministers at St. John Lutheran Church,
Lewis Smedes was a theologian and ethicist noted for his writings on forgiveness. As our world was
entering the twenty-first century, he noted that the world had become divided between those who
have hope and those who do not.
The season of Easter, beginning on Easter Sunday and lasting for fifty days, is a season of hope:
hope for forgivenessfhope for a new creation; hope for new life. in our readings for the remaining
Sundays of Easter, we wil.l hear from the book of Revelation. Some may wonder why the church
would think that Easter is a time to hear from Revelation. The reason is, contrary to popular
understanding, this report of John's visions is not a calendar of predictions but instead, it is a tletter of
hope.
in fact, hope is such .an essential element of Revelation that contemporary writers of Lutheran
worship have borrowed heavily from it. For example, perhaps these words sound vaguely familiar:
“Salvation belongs to our God who .sits .up.on the throne, rand to the Lamb!” (Revelations 7:10) Or maybe this verse
will ring a bell: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and
might and honor and glory and blessi.ng!” (Revelations 5:12) Truly these .are words of hope for a people beset by a
culture which lifts up domination as salvation and where chasing material riches has led onty to
greater despair.
And if Revelation is a letter of hope, then certainly as we gather for worship, the .peop.l.e of God coutd
be described as making up a household of hope. Here the Sprit brings us, and through us brings
others, who feel the hopelessness of the world weighing upon us. Here -is proclaimed -the -good news
that Christ died for sinners. Here we experience the forgiveness of sins and the welcome of sons and
daughters of the living God. Here we are fed and nurtured with the presence of Christ. Here we are
commissioned by God and sent out into the world as Gods new creation, made new in order to share
the hope of Christ with others.
Peace be with you,
Pastor Tom Wehrman

Fellow Ministers at St. John Lutheran Church,


Lewis Smedes was a theologian and ethicist noted for his writings on forgiveness. As our world was entering the twenty-first century, he noted that the world had become divided between those who have hope and those who do not.


The season of Easter, beginning on Easter Sunday and lasting for fifty days, is a season of hope:hope for forgivenessfhope for a new creation; hope for new life. in our readings for the remaining Sundays of Easter, we will hear from the book of Revelation. Some may wonder why the church would think that Easter is a time to hear from Revelation. The reason is, contrary to popular understanding, this report of John's visions is not a calendar of predictions but instead, it is a letter of hope.


In fact, hope is such an essential element of Revelation that contemporary writers of Lutheran worship have borrowed heavily from it. For example, perhaps these words sound vaguely familiar: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:10 ) Or maybe this verse will ring a bell: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12 ) Truly these are words of hope for a people beset by a culture which lifts up domination as salvation and where chasing material riches has led onty to greater despair.


And if Revelation is a letter of hope, then certainly as we gather for worship, the people of God could be described as making up a household of hope. Here the Sprit brings us, and through us brings others, who feel the hopelessness of the world weighing upon us. Here is proclaimed the good news that Christ died for sinners. Here we experience the forgiveness of sins and the welcome of sons and daughters of the living God. Here we are fed and nurtured with the presence of Christ. Here we are commissioned by God and sent out into the world as Gods new creation, made new in order to share the hope of Christ with others.


Peace be with you,


Pastor Tom Wehrman

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