To the Call Committee and the people of God at Zion:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen (Galatians 1:3-5)
After much prayer and discernment, both on our part and on yours, it is my great joy and privilege to accept the call to serve you and our Lord as your new Associate Pastor, dedicated to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. This call has come from you but ultimately from God the Father almighty to preach the Gospel of His beloved Son in the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit at Zion. Because of this I am humbled. God’s ways never cease to surprise or astound me. His thoughts are certainly higher than our own (Isaiah 55:8-9)!
Our family looks forward to be living, serving, growing, teaching, and worshipping alongside of you. Please keep us in prayer. As you pray for us during this time of transition know we will hold you in prayer too.
We are honored to be part of Zion with your rich history, your love for the beautiful traditions of the Church catholic and the Lutheran confessions, your dedication to the authority of the Scriptures, and your love and passion for our beautiful Savior, Jesus Christ, “who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10).
We are joyfully expectant, we are humbled, we are honored and we will continue to trust in the Lord’s sovereign care knowing what you all know so well: “Those who trust in the Lord shall be like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever”
(Psalm 125:1). As we look and long for the eternal city of God where—with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—we shall enjoy heavenly bliss with the Lord and all his faithful people, may we strive together faithfully in our shared ministry together at this earthly Zion to continue loving as Jesus loved and sharing the Gospel of God with joy and hope.
And finally, thank you. Thank you for this call to serve as your Associate Pastor. Pastor Gjerde has told me much of you. Soon I will get to see first-hand what I have heard so much about!
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Pastor Christopher S. Johnson