Updated: Feb 19
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion
we were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
Greetings my friends!
Did you ever have one of those moments when you stopped and realized that “you were living the dream?” Perhaps this happened when you were on a vacation and had a realization that all the effort that you put into work and planning this trip were worth it for what you were now experiencing. Or maybe, you placed a great deal of energy and passion into building a relationship with someone, and now you have a great relationship with that person. It’s moments like these that help us say “I’m living the dream!”
This happen to me this past weekend. Shirley and I were honored to be part of a synod wide gathering to help shape the vision of our synod for the next bishop of the Northeast Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. As many of you might be aware, our current bishop, Rev. Dr. Samuel Zeiser will be retiring following this year’s synodical assembly. At this gathering people were asked to consider what they believed was necessary for the future of our synod and her congregations. There were many various aspects of ministry that were addressed, but one of the prevailing thoughts was that congregations needed to begin working together in substantive ways to share resources and to bear witness to our understanding of Christ.
As more and more people spoke about this need and various ideas were exchanged on how this could be done across the synod territory, I was having one of those “living the dream” moments.
Together, we the people of the United Proclamation of the Gospel have been sharing ministry in creative and wonderful ways for well over two years. True, there have been times when things haven’t gone as we desired. True, there have been sisters and brothers in Christ who have had difficulty adjusting to the new reality of the UPG with varied worship locations and changes of time. But, my oh my is the Spirit active and wonderfully working within our midst.
This past Sunday was one of those times when nearly 170 of us gathered on our Light of Christ campus to honor Bishop Zeiser. During this worship the children of our parish took center stage as they sang to the bishop and shared some beautiful moments with him at the commencement of our time together. Throughout our worship celebration, moment after moment of God filled events occurred to vividly give glory to our Lord and to enliven our community. Following our worship, I had a moment to spend a little time with the bishop and he asked me, “Jerry, how are things really going?” All I could say then, and all I can share now is “I’m living the dream!”
How about you? How are you feeling about the United Proclamation of the Gospel? What ministries or events do you really enjoy? What dreams do you have for our future?
May God continue to guide our ways.
Peace and blessings,