Pastoral Letter

“For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

Dear Zion,

He’s on His way!

God is always on His way. He does not stay in heaven but breezes into earth, His beloved creation, to sustain, bless, and redeem all that He has made. In these last days, He has even come to us in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Christ came to us through the Virgin Mary 2000 years ago.

He comes to us now through the liturgy (daily word and sacraments!) of His Church.

He will come again to resurrect all the dead and give to all His believers eternal life.

Our Lord is always on His way to you, because He lives to serve.

Do you think of Christ as a servant? Yet by His own word, He is indeed a servant, your servant, serving you by giving you His gifts to create and nourish faith until He comes again.

Advent and Christmas are all about this servanthood of God in Jesus Christ. Learning to be Christian is learning to see God in His servant character, and how that servanthood both redeems and humbles us.

This December, Zion’s preaching and teaching are filled with the good news of Christ the Servant. Let this good word transform your faith in Him, comfort your soul, and send you forth to serve and love as He has loved and served you.

Peace!

Pastor Gjerde